Dockers pitch in for charity clash
A QUARTET of Hull Dockers players will feature in a charity clash to help raise funds for a former team-mate whose wife is battling cancer.
Nick Caldwell, a former Hull Dockers player, has organised the charity clash in his home town, which will pit a York amateur select side against the York City Knights on Sunday to raise funds, in aid of his wife Christine.
The 30-year-old was diagnosed with terminal bowl cancer last year and was told she didn't have long to live.
She is now undergoing chemotherapy and faces a long battle, but she's prepared for a fight – as are her family and friends.
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Now the 'Boxing Bowel Cancer: Chris' Wishes Fund' has been set up and a significant amount of the match proceeds will be donated to the charity.
Former team-mates Chris Stephenson, Darren Bunby, Danny Ullyatt and Jon Eccles will be included in the select side, made of York's best amateur players.
They will be up against the Championship outfit that recently announced their partnership with Hull FC, and the match will be the Knights' first friendly ahead of the new season.
Caldwell told the Mail: "Since we got the news, the support we have received has been immense.
"John Guildford, York's chief executive, approached me about putting a team together to play the Knights.
"We had a good response from the amateur clubs in the area and the side will be made of players from York Acorn, Heworth, York Lokos and New Earswick All Blacks.
"We also have my close mates from Dockers, who were the first to put their hands up and I want to thank everyone for getting involved.
"Whatever we raise will go to Bowel Cancer UK and also to the fund I initially set up to help us get through this difficult time.
"Christine is feeling a little better in herself after the first round of treatment and we are just taking things on a day-by-day basis."
Admission to the Huntington Stadium will be £10 adults and £3 for under-16s.
Kick-off is at 3pm and there will be a bucket collection throughout the game.
Turnstiles will be open from 2pm and the 'Bar 13' will be open from 12.30pm.