Kirkstall: Milford Sports Club members’ gruelling walk to raise £10k for former player

Soonsored walk: Dave Bray and Adam Wilder.

Two Milford Sports Club members Dave Bray and Adam Wilder have taken on the gruelling challenge of walking 200 miles over seven days from Scotland to Leeds with the aim of raising over £10,000.

They’re aiming to support former junior and open age player Ryan Oxtoby, who recently lost his partner, aged 32, to cancer. 

Ryan’s Milford family and former team mates are rallying around to support Ryan and his young daughter to help ease any financial pressures over the coming weeks.

The walk they are undertaking began on Monday (9 October) from Camptown in Scotland and they will complete the challenge by finishing at Milford Sports Club on Saturday 14 October around 12pm, which will see the day culminate in a fundraising day at the club.

Many past and present players will be joining Dave and Adam on the route to keep morale high with over 12 different players and friends joining them on the last day. 

Milford Sports Club will be hosting a State of Milford rugby league event, with the junior teams taking part in the morning culminating in the past legends returning to face the current Open Age team.

Back at the club there will be presentations, Super League Grand final being screened live followed by disco, auctions, kids activities and fundraising games.

Dave Bray, who organised the walk, said: “The loss of Ryan’s partner has hit us all hard, so we just all wanted to do something to help and take away any worries over the coming months.

“We’re a massive community here at Milford and we all want to help one of our own – it’s what we do and what anyone would do. I’d just like to thanks all the sponsors, the club, support team plus all our friends and family who have all been pulling out the stops to help make these events happen with their kind donations and support.”

The team aim to raise £10,000 and they have already hit £6,500  via their donation page. Any donations can be made here.


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