Warriors raise £1,800 for mental health awarness

THREE mental health organisations benefited as £1,800 was raised at a charity day at Waterhead Warriors.

The mental health awareness event, named Offload, was held in memory of former player Sam Reynolds, who took his own life.

Cheques were presented to Andy Man’s Club, State of Mind and SG6 Foundation who each received £600 with members of Sam’s family in attendance.

Andy Man’s Club is an Oldham charity while the SG6 Foundation was formed in memory of father-of-two Steve Gartland, the former Rochdale Hornets, Oldham RL and Swinton Lions player, who was found dead aged 45.

During Offload there was a rugby game, auction and raffle.

Warriors’ coach Paul Geener, one of the organisers, said: “The event came about because of what happened to Sam and we wanted to make it a mental health awareness day with the club giving something back.

“Mental health charities were represented at the day and it was a huge success. We are looking to repeat it every year to raise money for the same charities.”

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