In what were once normal times the Broncos Championship fixture against York City Knights on Sunday 19th July would have seen the teams taking part in the fourth staging of the John Sullivan Trophy. The “Sully” is a joint initiative between us and the Broncos, and we’ve decided that suspension of the game will not stop us highlighting the issue of young male suicide and supporting the Sullivan family’s chosen charity CALM – the Campaign Against Living Miserably.
Sully was a member of the Club’s Academy for many years, and his tragic suicide in 2014 came as an awful reminder of the struggles former professional players can have coming to terms with post Rugby League life. Since the inaugural Sully was played against Dewsbury Rams in 2017, we have raised around £1,300 in support of CALM; with great support from both home and away fans, and significant contributions from Stevo in 2017 and Sully’s former Academy team-mate Louis McCarthy-Scarsbrook in 2019.
We’ve set up a Virtual Bucket Collection of £4,
and a couple of PayPal Donate buttons – one for £4
and one for £2, £4, £6 or Any Amount.
All transaction and other charges related to donations will be paid by the LBSA so that every penny will go to CALM.
We will also be running its Virtual 50/50 Draw at the usual £2; £1 of this will go to CALM and 50% of the remainder will make up the prize. We have decided that the proceeds of the 50/50 Draw element will also be donated to CALM on a one-off basis; and the LBSA will again cover all transaction and other costs.
The scourge of young male suicide will only have been exacerbated during this most challenging of times; we can do our little bit in showing the Rugby League family’s concern for young men’s health and wellbeing; whether Rugby League players or not.