Rugby league legends battle to help Leigh girl fighting brain tumour

The Bolton News: Leigh Centurions Past Players celebrate victory Leigh Centurions Past Players celebrate victory

RUGBY League legend Kevin Ashcroft created a dream team to battle against rugby enthusiasts in a tournament organised to raise vital funds for his granddaughter Kelsie.

Six-year-old Kelsie Ashcroft has been diagnosed with Atypical Pontine Glioma in Brainstem, a very rare brain tumor with no known cure.

A touch rugby tournament supported by some of Leigh's best known rugby stars including GB internationals Kevin, John Woods and the Martyns – Tommy senior and junior was a feature at a family fun day organised to raise money for Kelsie.

Kevin said: “The support for this event has been amazing. We have to do everything we can to help Kelsie at this precious time.”

Kevin’s talented old timers were on form at the event at Leigh Miners Welfare Club and the ‘Caring for Kelsie’ campaign attracted teams including Paul Rowley’s latter day Centurions and a who’s who of rugby heroes plus Lee Hansen’s famous hog roast.

More than 10 teams entered and the winners were the Leigh Centurions Past Players. Warren Turley refereed.

“Overall with donations, raffle money, gate money and competition money we raised £10k,” said Laura Beaumont, one of the organisers.

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