East Leeds old boys match to support Kyle

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A charity rugby match is to be held by East Leeds Old Boys in honour of a former young player who is battling cancer.

The May 23 event is in aid of Kyle Butterfield, an ex-player in his 20s, who has been suffering with Hodgkins lymphoma for more than a year.

The match will see East Leeds old boys take on the East Leeds 2nd team in the second annual ‘Keane Durkin memorial cup’.

Kyle has been extremely poorly and has been in and out of hospital but is now on the long road to recovery.

Any funds raised will help him to continue with his recovery. Kyle is hoping to feel well enough to attend and share the enjoyment of the charity day with his family and friends.

A spokesman for the club said “East Leeds people see themselves as one big extended family, and as with any family, when there is hardship for one of the group the others pull together to help.”

“This ethos saw a charity match arranged in 2010 when one of the youth players was diagnosed with cancer. A further match took place in 2014 for a young player’s mum who sadly lost her fight to cancer. Both games were between retired players (the East Leeds Old Boys) and the current open age team. The matches proved to be a great success with thousands raised on both occasions.”

A group of the retired players decided to form an “East Leeds Old Boys” charity with an annual memorial game being played to raise money towards various cancer causes.

This year’s game on May 23 is on the main pitch on Easy Road with a 2.30pm kick off, which will then be followed with a pie and pea supper, raffles, and evening entertainment in the club.

The match is expected to be well attended by both rugby players and fans, who are keen to help raise funds. All welcome on the day, say organisers.

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