AS lockdown continues and the prospect of rugby league action still hangs in the balance, Whitehaven RLFC players are turning their hand to helping the community.

They will spend this week taking part in a series of challenges as they aim to raise a substantial amount of cash for the NHS and local key workers.

The majority of the squad will take part, following Government guidelines, as they tackle five different challenges starting today and going through to Friday.

And the tasks vary as they use their fitness to their advantage before a challenge with a difference on the final day.

Whitehaven team manager Des Byrne said: “The lads wanted to do something for the people who matter in the coronavirus crisis – the NHS staff on the front line and the key workers in the locality.

“They got their heads together and came-up with five different challenges which they will tackle on different days of the week.

“Monday will see them do a 5k run; Tuesday is a 10k bike ride; on Wednesday they will do 200 burpees and Thursday will see them try 300 push-ups.

“It all comes to a climax on Friday when they each have to eat five boiled eggs without taking a drink.”

Their progress will be reported on each day on the Whitehaven RL Vice Presidents Facebook page.

A JustGiving page has been set-up and the money has already started to pile-up including from a man who won £250 on the Whitehaven lottery and immediately donated it to the Haven players’ challenge.

The money raised will be divided between several charities and businesses working for the good of the community.

They are: Scrub Hub, Kebsi 13, Number 11 and The Sandwich Man, and the Hungry Caterpillar.

Scrub Hub are making gowns for the NHS and care home staff; Kebsi 13 was established on behalf of former Workington and Maryport player Kevin Gartland who suffers from motor neurone disease, while the three food outlets are providing meals for the NHS and other key workers.

Anyone who would like to know more, or provide a donation, should contact Des Byrne on 079866 63866 or go to the JustGiving page at