Big-hearted rugby club gesture gives pensioner new lease of life (From Darlington and Stockton Times)
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Darlington RFC gesture gives pensioner new lease of life
A BIG-HEARTED gesture from a North-East rugby club has given a new lease of life to one of their biggest fans.
Darlington RFC recently donated a mobility scooter to 69-year-old Jennie Oselton, meaning she can continue to watch the team she has been devoted to for more than 25 years.
Mrs Oselton, whose late husband Terry was a keen rugby player, regularly turns out to see her son, club captain Joe, play at the team’s Blackwell Meadows grounds, despite having suffered with mobility problems for years.
Club chairman Michael Wilkinson presented her with the powered mobility scooter at a recent game between the club and Guisborough.
Mrs Oselton, from Tunstall, North Yorkshire, said: “I’ve been walking with a stick for a while as I have arthritis in my hips. “This was a total surprise, I was absolutely amazed and cannot believe it.
“The club is a big part of my life, both of my sons have played for it and since I lost my husband earlier this year, they have been wonderful.
“This will make a big difference to me, I can get around the grounds more without being in any pain and can use it at home too.
“I really cannot express how I feel about Darlington RFC, they are the best people in the world.”
Chairman Michael Wilkinson said he had been delighted by the response of players, members and friends of the club who demonstrated solid family values in supporting the needs of one of its own.
He added that one of the goals for the club during its 150th anniversary year was to make the club more accessible by providing various mobility aids.
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