A Question of Sport at the DW Stadium, 24th June 7pm to raise funds for Wigan Warriors Community Foundation and Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
Team Captains Sean O’Loughlin and Paul Sculthorpe
- Hosted by the voice of rugby league himself Eddie Hemmings
It’s always a battle royal when Wigan Warriors and St Helens clash, with no quarter given. But this summer the Super League rivals will be scrapping it out to tackle even tougher opponents– including lung cancer.
Legends from both clubs are uniting for a special event based loosely on the long-running BBC TV quiz show ‘A Question of Sport’. Money raised will go to support the charitable work of both Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation and Wigan Warriors Community Foundation.
Warriors captain Sean O’Loughlin will lead the Wigan team while the Saints side will be skippered by Paul Sculthorpe, the only player to be awarded Rugby League’s ‘Man of Steel’ title twice in a row. The teams will be rounded-out with players past and present from both sides.
It will take someone special to referee this one – and the brave man-in-the-middle for this very special event is none other than ‘Mr Rugby League’ himself, Sky Sport’s Eddie Hemmings.
“I’m delighted to support a very good cause - and to be in control of a Wigan-Saints match is a lifetime ambition! Better referees than me have struggled to keep these two teams apart in the past, so I hope there will be no shenanigans in the 2017 Question of Sport challenge. It’ll be a full house – the atmosphere will be electric and I promise everyone who is coming along I will be completely impartial – I really don’t care who loses!”
“I’m looking forward to seeing many Wigan, Saints and Rugby League fans in general on the big night and hoping to be able to announce at the end of the evening that we have raised lots and lots of money which will be put to very good use.”
The special charity challenge takes place on the evening of Saturday 24 June at Wigan’s DW Stadium. On offer is a three-course dinner and the chance to watch players past and present from both clubs slug it out to show who’s smartest when it comes to all-round sporting knowledge.
Tickets cost £40 and can be purchased online HERE or by calling 01942 762880.
Jenny Snell, Head of Fundraising with Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, said:
“This promises to be a really cracking night. We can’t wait! It’s wonderful that Wigan and Saints have agreed to take part, and to have Eddie joining Sean and Paul makes it really special. It will be brilliant fun, but of course there’s a serious side. Few people know this, but lung cancer kills more people in the UK than any other form of the disease – more than breast cancer, ovarian or bowel cancer. Yet it attracts far less scientific research than those other cancers. Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation believes it’s time to change that.”
“But investigative science is expensive – just ONE hour of laboratory research costs £35, so we need support to raise funds for this vital work”.
Wigan Warriors Community Foundation is the club’s official charity which uses the power of sport and Rugby League to make a difference to people’s lives. The charity works across many areas in Wigan, Cumbria, the Midlands and London. The Wigan Warriors Community Foundation are the official charity of Wigan Warriors and deliver a wide range of activities to over 10,000 people each year, offering everything from Rugby League coaching sessions to special programmes that improve health, wellbeing and improve the career prospects of young people and adults.
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation is beating the UK’s biggest cancer killer. Please note: our charity’s name is ‘Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation’ – we do not use ‘the’ as a prefix. Founded in 1990 as the Lung Cancer Fund, the charity was renamed five years later after the death of TV presenter and entertainer Roy Castle. In the last year of his life, Roy raised over £1million to support the Foundation, the UK’s only charity devoted specifically to tackling lung cancer. The Foundation has invested many millions of pounds into research into the early detection of lung cancer, played a major role in the introduction of the ban on smoking in public places and has supported thousands of people living with lung cancer.
Registered charity number England & Wales 1046854 Scotland SC037596**