Kevin’s mission

Kelsie Ashcroft
Kelsie Ashcroft

THE GRANDDAUGHTER of a rugby league legend is battling a rare brain tumour.

And her devoted grandad, former forward Kevin Ashcroft, has described her as a ‘little tiger’.

Kevin is appealing to Wiganers to rally round to help raise £30,000 to send six-year-old Kelsie Ashcroft to America should the treatment she is undergoing now need further enhancement.

He said: “Kelsie is in good spirits at the moment - she’s a little tiger.

“People have already been absolutely marvellous. The support we have received has been phenomenal and I can’t thank everyone enough.

“But if we could get up to £30,000 that would be brilliant.”

Kelsie, a pupil at Christ Church CE Primary School in Pennington, was diagnosed with Atypical Pontine Glioma in brainstem and has recently begun treatment.

Now Kevin has created a dream team to battle against local rugby enthusiasts in a tournament to help raise funds for the trip to California.

The touch rugby tournament and family fun day will take place at Leigh Miners Welfare Club in Twist Lane on Sunday, August 19.

Kevin’s team will include Leigh RL legends John Woods, Alex Murphy, Tony Cottrell and Des Drummond among others.

They will play against local teams include two from Paul Rowley’s Leigh Centurions.

The event has already attracted attention from local and national past rugby league players who will enter teams to battle it out to be crowned overall winners in the ‘Caring for Kelsie’ campaign.

To enter a team contact Alan Coleman on 07847 091988.

Also on the day will be Lee Hansen’s famous ‘Hog Roast’ along with bouncy castles, face painting, licensed bar and entertainment along with a big prize raffle with prizes including VIP holidays and legends’ shirts to be won.

Anyone who would like to donate a raffle prize or provide entertainment on the day should contact,uk