Firstly, thanks to all who voted for their preferred charity for the 2020/21 season. The votes have been counted up and the winner is….Melanoma UK! The full split in votes is detailed below:

29% – Andy’s Man Club
31% – Oldham Foodbank
3% – Action Oldham
36% – Melanoma UK

It goes without saying that all charities picked in the final 4 are fantastic and all offer something vastly different to the local community.

We are therefore delighted to pledge our support for the recently commenced 2020/21 season and will immediately look to engage with the charity to raise as much money as we can in this time. We have a number of fundraising ideas and can’t wait to get started.

While we are always open to ideas and suggestions we can undertake ourselves, if there are people who would like to raise funds on behalf of the charity, we are more than happy to help promote this cause so please contact us if you have any ideas.

Melanoma UK is a charity especially close to the hearts of Latics fans, as the disease claimed the life of the former player Ernie Cooksey in 2008. Ernie was a popular character both on and off the pitch and his playing style was epitomised by his tireless energy and willingness to chase down a seemingly lost cause. He was 28 years of age when he passed.

Regarding Ernie, Gillian Nuttall, CEO of Melanoma UK, recently said “In 2008, one of Ernie’s old team mates from Rochdale contacted me to ask if I could help Ernie. We made contact and I did what I could to try to get him some treatment. I went with him to one of his clinical appointments in London, but it was very clear at that point that he would not survive. In the space of just a few weeks, my friend had died. We’ve never forgotten Ernie, how could we?”.

We are excited at the prospect of working alongside Melanoma UK and helping them raise much needed funds to prevent this disease claiming more lives and also to raise awareness of skin cancer across all generations.

We will be in touch very shortly as to how our fundraising will commence.