In Memory Of Charlie Rimmer

In Memory Of Charlie Rimmer widnesvikings.co.uk
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16th August 2017

Widnes Vikings are saddened to hear of the recent passing of Charlie Rimmer.

Thirteen-year-old Charlie Rimmer was appointed as Widnes Vikings' lifelong mascot in 2016, in recognition of her bravery as she battled DIPG, a rare and aggressive form of brain cancer. Everyone at the Vikings has special memories of Charlie and offer their sincere condolences to her loved ones. 

Widnes Vikings were first introduced to Charlie by her aunt, Carmel, who approached the Club to obtain a signed shirt to help fundraising efforts to secure timeless life experiences for Charlie and her family. After hearing about Charlie’s cause, the Club were keen to offer much more support to the appeal.

After enjoying a private lunch with the Vikings first team, Charlie was invited to be guest of honour at the Widnes fixture against St Helens last year. She was sadly too ill to lead the players out, but her bravery shone through as she made a determined effort to attend the game. She was cheered on by 9000 supporters of both teams, who were inspired by her story and roared her on in her battle with the illness.

The Vikings and their supporters made great efforts to support the family’s fundraising efforts, and Charlie was offered the opportunity to visit the O’Neills design studio to create a bespoke one-off kit that was manufactured and worn in the 2016 Super League fixture against Wigan Warriors. Profits from the sale of the shirt, bucket collections and an online fundraising campaign raised a considerable amount of funds to help make some magical memories for Charlie and her family. 

Speaking after the St Helens game, Charlie’s father Mark said: “On behalf of our whole family, I would like thank everybody linked to Widnes Vikings, both the club and its supporters, for their generosity. We thank you with all our hearts!”

Widnes Vikings Director, Brian O’Connor, led the Vikings work with Charlie. He paid special tribute to her, after learning of her passing, saying: “Charlie was a very special young lady who touched the hearts of all of us here at the Vikings. It was an honour for the Club to be able to play a part in making some very special memories, not only for Charlie, but also for her family. I would like to pass on my sincere condolences to Charlie’s family and friends. The thoughts of everybody associated with the Club are with you at this time.”

In Memory Of Charlie Rimmer widnesvikings.co.uk