OCTOBER 20TH 1978 - JUNE 2ND 2010
Garry and Roz Purdham
Rugby League fans leave Cumbrian leagacy


RUGBY league fans in Cumbria and throughout the game have helped to leave a lasting legacy in memory of the late Garry Purdham after it was revealed that this year's England v Cumbria clash raised over £76,000 for his family.

The game, back in October at the Recreation Ground, exceeded all expectations and this week the committee behind the game has announced that a total of £76,670.40 has been transferred to the Garry Purdham Memorial Trust, which will help his two young children, Cameron, aged nine and three-year-old Flynn. The committee had originally aimed to raise £50,000 from the game and is delighted to have surpassed that target by so much.

Committee vice- chairman, Dave Bowden, said: "As rugby league people in West Cumbria we are immensely proud that we have all been able to come together and act as one sporting family to set up a legacy for Garry's family." Every single person who attended the game or purchased a programme or a shirt has played their part. The committee felt from the outset that if the RFL gave us a high profile game the community would respond, and respond they did in a magnificent manner

And Emma Jackson, a local head teacher and trustee with the Garry Purdham Memorial Trust, added: "On behalf of the Garry Purdham Memorial Trust, we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to all those who have contributed in any way to the Trust over the last few months.

"In particular we would like to thank all those who contributed to the Cumbria v England match in October and the Egremont/Wath Brow v Hunslet game in August.  We recognise and appreciate the support of all the clubs, players, sponsors, spectators and all those individuals who helped.

"Both of these events were a fitting and moving tribute to Garry and we know he would have been humbled by everyone’s efforts.

"The Rugby League Benevolent Fund, spearheaded by Steve Ball has been unwavering in its dedication, commitment and support for both the family and the wider community at this difficult time.  Their efforts in ensuring that a trust was established for the future wellbeing of Cameron and Flynn have been outstanding. 

"Garry’s boys are his legacy and the money raised for the trust will help ensure that their futures become more secure.  No words can adequately express the gratitude of the Trustees and in particular Ros, for all the hard work and endeavour of everyone involved. Thank you all.”

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Rugby League fans leave Cumbian legacy

RUGBY league fans in Cumbria and throughout the game have helped to leave a lasting legacy in memory of the late Garry Purdham after it was revealed that this year's England v Cumbria clash raised over £76,000 for his family.


Quins’ England hopefuls keen to honour Garry

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England star Harrison hoping for Cumbrian highlight

Proud Cumbrian Challenge Cup winner Ben Harrison is promising that England will deliver a performance of the highest calibre when they face his home county in the Garry Purdham Memorial Match at The Recreation Ground on Sunday week. The 22-year-old Barrow-born back rower was one of the stars of the Warrington Wolves team that won Rugby League’s most famous trophy for a second successive year at Wembley last month and is looking forward to making an emotional return to Whitehaven.