Salem match raises £4,000 for Nathan

Keighley News: From left, Salem chairman John Dobson, Nathan Cubitt, Sue Cubitt and match organiser Paul Rae From left, Salem chairman John Dobson, Nathan Cubitt, Sue Cubitt and match organiser Paul Rae

Injured Keighley rugby player Nathan Cubitt has received a cheque for £4,350 towards his trust fund.

The money came from the recent veterans’ match between Bradford Salem and Keighley, which marked the official opening of the flood-lights at Salem’s Shay Lane ground.

“It is the largest single amount that Nathan has received and was more than I was expecting,” confessed match organiser Paul Rae.

The cheque was presented at the recent Richard Birkett Memorial Match between a Bradford Salem XV and a Bradford Grammar School Old Boys’ XV.

Salem, beefed up by a strong contingent from Bradford & Bingley, won 59-14 but Jonny Robinson and Adam Sutcliffe shone for the Old Boys.

“The support we received from Bradford Salem was absolutely wonderful,” said Nathan’s mum Sue.

“It was a great night in every respect, with an entertaining match, plenty of good-natured banter and a chance for Nathan to be part of it and meet people like Robbie Paul and John Bentley.

“To raise that amount of money, however, is a tremendous result from all the hard work that was put into the game and we’re hugely grateful to Paul Rae and all the Bradford Salem people who organised it and the rugby people who supported it so generously.”

The amount raised for Nathan’s trust fund has now passed £20,000.

Preparations are gathering speed for the Nathan Cubitt Tag Rugby Festival on Saturday, May 26 (9am-5pm) when England World Cup legend Jason Robinson will be the special guest taking part.

Up to 32 teams from across the country are set to take part but there are still a small number of places up for grabs. Organisers are also seeking the loan of 100 tag rugby belts for the event.

To enter a team or if you can help, e-mail nathantagrugby@gmail.com.

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