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Wharfedale RUFC toast Candellighters charity

Gilbert Rugby News — Published on March 17 , 2015

Wharfedale RUFC 1st XV celebrated securing their 20th consecutive season in National 1 with victory over Cinderford 32 - 21 at Threshfield. The green machine turned part pink on Saturday as the full 1st XV squad toasted their support of the Candleighters charity by wearing pink socks for the match, in support of Tom Slater, a key member of the club's under 10 team. A full match report is available here.

The Mini and Junior section of Wharfedale Rugby Club have been working hard over the last few weeks to support one very special member of their minis section.

Tom Slater, aged 10, a pupil of Threshfield Primary School and a key member of the Under 10′s team, has been undergoing treatment for a rare form of liver cancer since December 18th, when his condition was confirmed.

His symptoms which manifested themselves as pneumonia for several weeks, due to his extreme breathlessness, lethargy and torso pains, masked the true cause of his illness, a large tumour which was in his liver and growing at an exponential rate. Tom’s dad, Chris explains, “At first we put his shoulder and rib pain down to a rugby injury, but it transpired that these pains and the breathlessness were being caused by the pressure the tumour was exerting on Tom’s lungs and rib cage.”

Tom has already undergone four rounds of chemotherapy within the Candlelighters ward at Leeds General Infirmary, and just last week he had an operation to remove the tumour. The operation went well, which means that just two further rounds of chemotherapy should complete his treatment. “All the staff within the Candlelighters ward have been absolutely amazing. The support and the ‘home away from home’ environment that they create for the children on the ward is just breath-taking.” Explains Dad, Chris. “The brilliant facilities and medical and support staff is only made possible by the donations they receive, which is why we and Tom especially, have been delighted that the club has decided to run the ‘pink sock’ campaign to raise money and support Tom during his treatment.”

In excess of 200 pairs of pink socks have been donated to the club by Kit Gill of Corporate Leisure Wear, Keighley, which the club has already sold. Socks in all sizes can be purchased from the club for £5 per pair.

For further information about the valuable work that Candlelighters do, please see


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