Re The Graham
“Grabsie” Wilson Memorial Trophy and Charity Presentation
Night

(Grabsie above Pictured in his playing days just after winning the Yorkshire Senior Cup.)

At a recent meeting of the Ex Hunslet Parkside Players at
the Hunslet Club in Hillage Road,Hunslet It was decided that the above trophy be
resurrected. This trophy was introduced in season 1986/87 for amateur Rugby
League players in Hunslet, but unfortunately the last time it was awarded was
in the 2004/2005 .We are asking for your support and help to get this award up
and running again this year, with a view to holding a presentation night on
Saturday the 7th of December at The Hunslet Club. This will be a week
after the World RL Cup final and we may be able to attract some of the players
to attend.

As most of you will know, this trophy is on show in Morrison’s
Supermarket, Hunslet, along with a role of honour, with the names of some very
distinguished players who are past recipients.

The Graham “Grabsie” Wilson Memorial Trophy will be awarded
to the most outstanding amateur R.L. player in the district of Hunslet, from
within the age group of 14 years and upwards. Two other trophies will also be
awarded on the presentation night i.e. The Open Age Sportsman of the year and
the Club Person of the year, both again chosen from R.L. clubs in the Hunslet
area. The recipient’s character, sportsmanship and conduct both on and off the
field will be taken into consideration.

The Graham “Grabsie” Wilson Memorial Trophy is in memory of
the late Graham Wilson, a former Hunslet R.L. Parkside Player, who’s playing
ability and sportsmanship both on and off the field, brought pleasure to many
Hunslet folk. Graham was a well known character in Hunslet whose joviality and
practical jokes brought smiles to many faces.

Graham’s untimely death was due to Motor Neurone Disease (MND)-

MND was described
by the founder of the modern-day hospice movement Dame Cecily Courtney “As the
Worst Disease in Medicine”

Another ex Hunslet Player who died of MND was Mark Burgess– The father of the famous
R.L. Burgess brothers Luke, Sam, Tom & George- Mark, died in 2007 after a battle with motor neurone disease.
Mark was just 45 when he died. His death
occurred the same year when 19-year-old Sam Burgess made his début for Great
Britain in the Test squad against New Zealand.

Also the son of an Ex Hunslet Parkside Payer – Shaun Keane died of this horrible disease in 2010.

As a result of his son Shaun contacting MND Stuart Keane
became a Patron of The Sheffield Institute Foundation- which helped fund and build
the 18 Million pound Sheffield Institute for Translation Neuroscience
(SITraN) research centre right here
in Yorkshire under the direction of Professor
Pam Shaw

SITraN was opened
by Her Majesty the Queen and HRH Prince Phillip in November 2010.

This was the world’s first purpose built dedicated research centre
into MND which is also researching Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, SMA,(A childhood
form of MND) and other Neurological disorders.

Shaun Keane described Professor Pam “as being like your favourite
Aunty, Princess Diana and Mother Teresa all rolled into one”

Because of our unfortunate connections with MND The Ex Hunslet R.L. Parkside
Players Association have decided to adopt SITraN
as our Preferred Charity. With this in mind it would fitting if we were able to
support this worthy charity with a raffle or auction (or both) on the
presentation night.

Tickets are available for £10 each to include a buffet; Big Roy Dickinson (Who has very kindly
donated his services free for Our Charity night) will deliver some funny
anecdotes about his Leeds RL playing career. There will only be 15 tables of
ten people available and tickets will go on sale in 10 day’s time, Programme
sponsorship is also available. Full details will be announced later.

The
Participating Clubs are :

Hunslet Old
Boys(At the Hunslet Club)-

Contact Dennis
Robins – M 079600500609 or 0113 271 6489

or Kevin Bew 07885 500488

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Hunslet
Warriors –

Contact
Laurie Baker 07702975675

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Beeston
Bronco’s

Contact
Kevin Watts 01132700839

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All profit on the
night will go direct to SITraN for
research into Neurological disorders.

Contact has been made with all the Clubs in the Hunslet area
and we look forward to your support of these worthy Causes.

Please visit “Our Charity
Page”

Thank you

On behalf of the Hunslet R.L. ex Parkside Players Association.