Thatto Heath Crusaders launch fundraiser after devastating ‘arson’ at training barn

Thatto Heath Crusaders are hosting a fundraiser for the festival next weekend after their practice barn was ripped apart in a devastating ‘arson attack’.

For the second time in just over two years, the rugby club’s indoor training facility was the target of suspected arson on Friday August 26.

Fire crews spent over 90 minutes battling the blaze but the facility suffered ‘extensive damage’ which would cost over £80,000 to repair.

In addition to the cost of rebuilding the facility, the incident has caused a huge loss of revenue as the Crusaders cannot rent it to other clubs or sports organisations.

The damage is thought to cost more than £80,000 to repair

In a bid to bounce back and raise vital funds for the club, the Crusaders will hold a fundraiser at their Close Street premises on Saturday October 1.

Run entirely by volunteers, the day-long event will feature a rugby festival for different age groups, including Thatto Heath Women and a ‘Legends’ match featuring former Saints and Super League players.

There will also be entertainment throughout the day, including live music, a Northern Games fitness competition, children’s activities, and raffles and games.

After the shock of the training ground fire last month, Carrie Denning and Dawn Moorcroft, the club’s welfare and events managers, have been tasked with organizing the festival to help rebuild the club.

St Helens Star: Firefighters spent around 90 minutes battling the blazeFirefighters spent around 90 minutes battling the blaze

Carrie said: “The festival is all about raising money after the barn fire and the revenue we’ve lost since then.

“It’s the second time this has happened and the second time we’ve lost a lot of money because of it, so we want to come together, rebuild and try to better protect ourselves and prevent it from happening again.

“The fire has been devastating as it affects not just our club but the whole community – we praise it to many other sports clubs and other community organisations, including the St Helens Learning Disabilities Rugby League team.

“Everyone is really saddened that it’s happening again, but the festival will show that we won’t be beaten, because winners can’t be beaten.”

St Helens Star: Festival fundraiser will take place on Saturday 1 OctoberThe festival fundraiser will take place on Saturday, October 1

To help raise funds to rebuild the club, an online fundraiser has also been set up which you can donate to here.

Fundraising for the festival will take place at the facilities in Thatto Heath’s Close Street from 10am on Saturday 1 October.

There will also be future events to raise funds for the club in the coming weeks, including charity bike rides for different age groups.

Merseyside Police are still investigating the alleged arson.

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