Burns Night dinner brings huge financial boost for clubhouse build
Nearly £90,000 has been added to the fundraising pot for a new clubhouse at Saddleworth Rangers following the club's annual Burns Night dinner at The White Hart.
It's been revealed that Bill Holroyd and his Holroyd Foundation are to donate £50,000 to the cause, while Bladen Electrical have offered to cover the £20,000 cost of the electrics and Marlin Joinery promising the install the £10,000 bar.
On the night other companies and individuals committed to sponsoring different elements of the build with Gary Lloyd and Brian Smith, of Lloyd and Smith Stonemasons, donating £3,000 for a 'Heritage' section in the club. A further £3,000 was raised through the auction.
Chairman Shane Wilson said: "These people have shown fantastic generosity in supporting us in our bid to achieve our goal of a new clubhouse.
"It's something we've been working towards for the last ten years. We really appreciate all the donations we're getting, however large or small."
The Burns Night donations are in addition to around £80,000 which is already in the building fund, taking the total amount to £170,000 - the target amount is a quarter of a million.
The fundraising is set to continue in coming months with events including 'An Evening with Kevin Sinfield and Superleague stars", a Casino night and a Music Festival. The club is also waiting to hear back on two grant applications.
The National Conference league has agreed the first team's last six games of the season can be away from home meaning the existing clubhouse will come down after the final home game, against Leigh East, on Saturday 31st July. The new clubhouse will be up in time for the opening game of the 2017 campaign.
Meanwhile, in a more poignant announcement, it was revealed that the main stand at Shaw Hall Bank road will be renamed the 'Grimwood Family Stand', in honour of former President Chris Grimwood who died last year. It's currently known as the 'Philip Grimwood Stand' in memory of Chris' son who died as a teenager.