Keighley mum steps in to help intruder-hit rugby club

Keighley mum steps in to help intruder-hit rugby club

Darren Greenwood of Cowling Harlequins at the Burgess' Fields changing rooms which were vandalised (8082593)

Darren Greenwood of Cowling Harlequins at the Burgess' Fields changing rooms which were vandalised (8082587)

Darren Greenwood of Cowling Harlequins at the Burgess' Fields changing rooms which were vandalised (8082568)

Darren Greenwood of Cowling Harlequins at the Burgess' Fields changing rooms which were vandalised (8082552)

Darren Greenwood of Cowling Harlequins at the Burgess' Fields changing rooms which were vandalised (8082540)

Darren Greenwood of Cowling Harlequins at the Burgess' Fields changing rooms which were vandalised (8082538)

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A MUM whose son was killed in a workplace accident has helped a rugby club which uses the fields where he played as a boy.

Judith Allen has donated £135 to replace items stolen during a break-in at the Cowling Harlequins' changing rooms.

She lives a stone's throw from the Burgess' Fields site, in Highfield, where Steven – who died, aged 23, seven years ago – used to kick a ball around.

"When I saw a message on Facebook about the theft I wanted to do something to help," said Mrs Allen.

"It seems so unfair that the club should be targeted in this way and there was some money left in the Stiggy fund, in Steven's memory, so I thought why not help?

"I'm pleased to be able to do something."

An annual charity football tournament is held in tribute to Steven, who died at a construction site in Manningham.

Cowling Harlequins' player and head coach, Darren Greenwood, said the club was delighted to receive the donation.

"I was so pleased and grateful when Judith came forward," he said.

"The money is a real help to us. I would like to say a big thank-you."

Thieves smashed their way into the rugby league club's recently-refurbished changing rooms and stole items including balls, boots, flags and shirts.

The incident happened sometime between 7.30pm on Sunday, July 6 and 6.30pm the following day.

"Fortunately I lock every door so they were restricted where they could go but they took what they could and trashed the place," said Mr Greenwood, 29, who works as a special needs teaching assistant.

"It's sickening. The things they've taken will be of no use to them and they've broken benches and caused other damage.

"A lot of work has been put into improving the building recently which makes this even more difficult to stomach."

The club, which has over 30 players on its books, hires the premises from Bradford Council.

Harlequins have used the site for about two years, before which they hired facilities at South Craven School in Cross Hills.

Pre-season training is now under way for the start of their next campaign, in Pennine Division 7.

Anyone with information about the break-in should contact the police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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