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Weʼre raising £120,000 to support Luke Mortimer and his family

Skipton, North Yorkshire

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This is 7 year old Luke.

Luke was a budding 7 year old rugby player, a bundle of joy who even at a young age had embraced life and everyday was a happy day. His whole family was part of the rugby community, with his dad coaching many age grade youngsters and his mum, running a children’s rugby kit recycling stall, so that the young boys and girls, always had the right gear to play and train in.

However, whilst the rest of us were buying and wrapping presents ready for Christmas, the families life was turned upside down. On the 13th Dec 2019 Luke fell ill with Meningococcal Meningitis.

Meningococcal Meningitis is a bacterial disease which if not treated early is a killer. Luke was rushed to hospital and with the fantastic work of our nurses, doctors and specialist care teams Luke was transferred to Sheffield Children’s Hospital Luke’s and his young life was saved, however the disease has taken its toll on his little body. Over the last 28 days Luke has endured many hours of surgery to remove both hands, left at mid forearm and right just below the elbow, he has also lost both legs below the knee. He has proven he is a fighter, however his life and the life of his mum, dad and his 10 year old big brother will never be the same.

Luke and his family will now face many challenges, and this along with many locally hosted fundraising events, is a way to help Luke and his family.

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  • John Firth2 months ago
    John Firth

    John Firth

    2 months ago

    Hello everyone - I haven't updated for a while! Its been a busy few weeks with all the different events happening. From local cake sales to karaoke, darts / dominoes knockouts to school disco's - it all going on and every penny raised goes that little further for Luke and the family. Luke is doing well and is staying strong. Just a quick reminder about the big charity rugby match on the 29th Feb - the Luke Mortimer Select XV squad has been named. We cannot wait to see Adam (Luke's Dad) lead the team out onto the field. It will be a great day!

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  • John Firth2 months ago
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    John Firth

    2 months ago

    RUGBY DAY TICKETS. Ladies and gentlemen, here is the ticket booking link for the Rugby Match. Due to limited space, there are only 400 tickets available and are £5.98p each. Purchase is limited to 10. We kindly ask that people only purchase tickets that they require, to allow other the opportunity to purchase. Please remember without a ticket you can still enjoy the rugby and outside activities.

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  • John Firth2 months ago
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    John Firth

    2 months ago

    CHARITY GAME We invite you to join us for an afternoon of rugby and family orientated activities at Skipton Rugby Club. Ticket holders are invited to join us in the clubhouse before and after the game for a disco as the evening draws in. Non ticket holders are very welcome to join us outside/pitch-side. Half time entertainment will see our mini teams enter the field of play to showcase our commitment to growing junior rugby within the core values of our sport. Details of where to obtain tickets will be announce shortly in a separate post.

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Page last updated on: 3/31/2020 19.54



  • Rebecca Jebb

    Rebecca Jebb

    Mar 31, 2020

    From all the Mini Bee's at Bradford & Bingley RFU who ran the Myrtle Park 5k with their families on Saturday 14th March.Stay Stong Luke from all of us.


  • Ian and Wendy @ Crossflatts

    Ian and Wendy @ Crossflatts

    Mar 29, 2020

    All the best to Luke, a very brave little boy and keep up the good work John.


  • Ryton RFC

    Ryton RFC

    Mar 27, 2020

    Ryton RFC were to play Yarnbury in the RFU National Cup in late Feb when Yarnbury were also hosting Skipton. Our club is keen to support your magnificent fundraising efforts for Luke and his family.


  • Anonymous


    Mar 26, 2020

    Best of luck to the young man and his whole family. xx


  • Gordon


    Mar 22, 2020

    Keep going Luke. You're doing fantastically well!!


  • Jon Taylor

    Jon Taylor

    Mar 19, 2020

    Best wishes from the Fan Rotating Mechanical team @ R-R Derby


  • Yarnbury RFC

    Yarnbury RFC

    Mar 18, 2020

    Thoughts and best wishes Luke from your rugby family at Yarnbury RFC.


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John Firth

John Firth

Skipton, North Yorkshire

There does not have be a connection for this story to touch a nerve but being a fellow amputee, a rugby coach/player coupled with being a family friend, it was a no brainer to support Luke were possible. #ThisIsLuke just giving page is away for all to help Luke in any way we can.

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