Marking a milestone for tragic young Leeds sportsman

Ricky Nugent.
Ricky Nugent.
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The mother of a young sportsman who died from a brain haemorrhage hopes a special event this weekend will mark a milestone in her fundraising efforts.

Rugby league player Ricky James Nugent suffered the haemorrhage while playing for West Leeds ARLFC in their match against Shaw Cross Sharks in 2009, just four weeks before his 17th birthday.

Since then his family have raised more than £32,000 for local charities and hope the a fun day on Saturday at The Nook pub in Heights Drive, Farnley, will bring their total up to £40,000.

Ricky mum’s Anne Cameron said: “We always give the money to the charities on Ricky’s birthday because it seems appropriate. We can’t give him presents on his birthday so we give something to people less fortunate than ourselves.”

Money raised at Saturday’s event will go to the Rugby League Benevolent Fund and the Leeds branch of Headway brain injury charity.

Mrs Cameron added: “The Rugby League Benevolent Fund helps people who have suffered injuries like Ricky’s but have survived. It is sort of giving in reverse because in a sense it comes from Ricky or because of Ricky.”

The fun day starts at noon and will include an auction stalls, tombola, prize bingo, blackjack, a bouncy castle and face-painting. Mrs Cameron has been busy promoting the event throughout the city and said she always receives a warm welcome in Ricky’s “old stomping ground” of Lower Wortley.

She said: “It is so heartwarming because a lot of people in the shops are people who knew Ricky as a kid – everyone has a memory of him. They all say what a good kid he was.

“I am so proud to have had a son everyone remembers with such respect.”