Former Leeds Rhino turns out against paramedics at Sharlston Rovers ground for Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity game

Ambulance workers Shaun Irwin, Ash Bond and Martin Shaw are to hold a charity rugby match. (W523B228)
Ambulance workers Shaun Irwin, Ash Bond and Martin Shaw are to hold a charity rugby match. (W523B228)

AMBULANCE workers hope they won’t need to call on their colleagues for first aid when they take each other on in a charity rugby match.

Paramedics, drivers and communication staff from the Wakefield-based emergency service will dust off their boots to play a rugby league game at the home of Sharlston Rovers.

And they have the luxury of calling upon two ex-professional players to captain their teams.

Clinical supervisor Martin Shaw, 30, of Ackworth used to play for Leeds Rhinos and has worked for the ambulance service for 11 years.

While paramedic Shaun Irwin, 43, of Carleton has worked for the ambulance service for 12 years since leaving Castleford Tigers.

The idea of playing a charity rugby match came from emergency medical dispatcher Ashley Bond, 25, of College Grove. The match will raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust.

Sharlston Rovers player Mr Bond said: “To begin with the game was just going to be between a few road staff and communication staff for some fun for something to do, although its turned out to be quite a big event and has gained a high level of interest from staff.

“We are aiming to raise as much as we can for both charities.

“We chose the air ambulance as we all work for the ambulance service and the youth cancer trust as a couple of my friends who play professional rugby league are ambassadors for the charity.”

Craig Hodgson, 22, of Eastmoor, who is currently battling testicular cancer, will kick the game off at 2pm on Sunday, July 29, at Sharlston Rovers ARLFC on Weeland Road, Sharlston.

The gates will open at noon, with a £2 admission.

There will be a bouncy castle, facepainting and refreshments for families during the game, which will be followed by an auction and raffle of signed rugby league shirts from various clubs.