Comedy night at club boosted by shirts from top rugby players

Club members take part in an event to raise money for Smurf
Club members take part in an event to raise money for Smurf

WIGAN RU members are reknowned for raising money for charity.

So when one of their own was struck down with illness, they immediately swung into action.

Andy Macleod, known to everyone as ‘Smurf’ was told he had acute leukaemia in July but thankfully after intensive chemotherapy treatment he is now in remission and hoping to return to work in the new year.

The whole club, initially stunned by his diagnosis, has rallied round to raise money for Andy and his family while he recovers and also for the Anthony Nolan Trust which provides funds for research into leukaemia and also support for people who suffer with the illness and their families.

They have held charity bowling matches and fancy dress walks and this Saturday, his rugby pals have organised their latest fund-raiser, a comedy night introduced by the club’s very own comic Mike Callaghan and featuring amateur comedians, and a special celebrity guest who has kindly agreed to do the gig for free and whose identity will remain a mystery until the night.

There will also be a curry supper, with ingredients provided by AB World Foods Leigh, included in the price and a raffle with some fabulous prizes, including signed rugby shirts donated by Wigan Warriors star Logan Tomkins and England Rugby Union fly-half Owen Farrell, a meal for two at the Olive Garden Standish, and tickets to watch Russell Howard provided by Premex i-sign.

One of the organisers, Craig Horrigan, said: “The event has been very generously sponsored by Link contracting, the Olive Garden Standish and C-KAB Mouldings.

Without the generosity of these companies the night wouldn’t be able to be run and Wigan RU would sincerely like to thank both companies as well as all those who have donated prizes and time to help.”

Andy’s mum, Sandra, said: “We would like to thank everyone who has taken part in or organised fund-raisers for Andy.

We appreciate the hard work that you have put in to these events and you have all been brilliant and so kind and it is much appreciated.”

There are still limited tickets available and can be obtained by emailing Craig Horrigan at Tickets are £10 each and the money raised will be shared between Anthony Nolan Charity and Andy.

For further details about the Anthny Nolan Trust visit visit