Rugby league players shed their clothes – and inhibitions – at a ladies’ night fundraiser in aid of a six-year-old boy battling cancer.
Players from East Leeds ARLFC turned topless waiters at the event at East Leeds Sports and Social Club on Friday night, which raised more than £1,800 for the Joseph Lillywhite Appeal.
Joseph, of Barwick-in-Elmet, was diagnosed with childhood cancer neuroblastoma in January and is currently in remission.
A string of fundraising events, along with donations, have raised more than £70,000 towards a target of £500,000 his family is seeking to raise for Neurobastoma Children’s Cancer Alliance UK. The cash will be needed to send Joseph abroad for treatment in the event of a relapse.
Family friend Dawn Hargreaves, 41, of East End Park, Leeds, organised Fiday night’s fundraiser, which was supported by more than 70 women.
Mrs Hargreaves said: “It was a very civilised event and everybody really enjoyed themselves and was really generous and supportive. The players acted as topless waiters and delivered drinks to the tables and went round selling raffle tickets. One had his chest waxed and we raised £100 by auctioning two players off, with the winners getting the chance to go for a meal with their player.”
Mrs Hargreaves added: “Joseph’s mum Helen didn’t think she would be able to make it because they had to take Joseph to hospital on Friday. But she did make it and went round the room to each individual table and thanked everybody for coming. We would like to thank everyone who helped make the event such a success.
Joseph’s website is: www.josephlillywhite.co.uk