In tandem duo raise cash for club

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TWO dedicated Leigh Centurions fans presented the club with a cheque for over £1,000 after getting on their bikes to raise money for the cash-strapped club.

Sisters Nicola and Sam Burtonwood, who have supported Leigh since they were five years old, pedalled a tandem bike decorated in the Centurions colours around the town for two days to raise money, all while wearing red and white fancy dress.

The sisters’ efforts raised £1,051, which they presented to club chief executive Trevor Barton at the Leigh Sports Village last week.

Nicola, 28, said: “We are really pleased we managed to raise this much money for the club, we just wanted to do our bit to help.

“We have done that and we had fun along the way doing it.”

Nicola and Sam, 22, were inspired to help after attending a fans’ forum meeting which set out for supporters the extent of the debt crisis facing the club.

They were originally only going to ride the tandem on the day of the England Knights against France international match at the Leigh Sports Village, collecting from spectators at the match and around the town centre.

However, they were asked back to Leigh Miners Rangers amateur rugby league club on the Sunday to collect extra donations and decided to do a second lap.

Their route took them as far as Tyldesley, Hindley and Atherton, and Nicola says they received a huge amount of support, particularly from pubs along their route and motorists who encouraged them on the roads.

She said: “We would like to thank everyone who sponsored us, because without you we wouldn’t have raised as much money as we did.”

Trevor Barton said: “They were absolutely brilliant, and it shows they really care about the club and the town and did a great job.

“We have got a lot of really good people here and it is very energising for the staff to see people working so hard to do that.”