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Friday, 19 December 2014

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Amy’s silence will be golden

THERE are not many who can keep their mouth shut through a rugby league derby match.

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Keeping it zipped: Amy Caddy practises being silent with Glen Megan, Peter Caddy, Jamie Devine, Ryan Doran and Scott Pink

But Amy Caddy, Wath Brow Hornets’ secretary/treasurer, is aiming to be one of them.

She is being sponsored to stay silent during the game between her club and Egremont Rangers on August 9. By “not making a squeak’’ throughout the match, and half-time period, she is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for Macmillan Cancer in memory of her friend, Andrew ‘Pobs’ Jones who died in May aged 26.

“I never go to a match without shouting and screaming,” Amy said. “People have said to me it will be impossible for you to keep quiet all that time. I am already panicking!”

Local fundraiser Gary McKee had previously asked individuals to try and raise £100 for charity. “When he first asked I thought about it and then just kept putting it off. But when Pobs died I thought ‘That’s it, I’m going to do something’.’’

Amy initially thought she would raise £100 but has been amazed at the support she has received, including from rugby league stars, Keith Senior and Barrie McDermott. She has subsequently moved her fundraising target to over £500 with one of her sponsors being Sky TV’s rugby league reporter, Angela Powers.

Being quiet through one of Wath Brow’s biggest games of the season will be “a massive achievement in memory of a true gentleman and hero,’’ Amy added.

A bucket collection will also be held at the game, at the Egremont Rangers ground, and a fundraising event for Macmillan Cancer – which was Andrew’s chosen charity – will be held at the Wath Brow club sometime in autumn. Diagnosed with testicular cancer aged 19, Andrew played for Wath Brow Hornets and Whitehaven RL.

www.justgiving.com/amy-caddy

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