Castleford Tigers forward Lee Jewitt has thanked the club’s supporters for the support they gave him at last Thursday night’s game against St Helens at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle, a game the Tigers won 25-24 with a late field-goal by Ben Roberts.
After 14 minutes of the game the supporters chanted Jewitt’s name, in support of the recent premature birth of his twin sons Noah and Oliver, who were born 14 weeks prematurely and are currently being treated in intensive care. Members of the Jewitt family were at the game, including his other children Isobella and Oscar.
While Lee and Rebecca Jewitt remain with their premature baby twins, they were both touched by the hundreds of well wishes they have received, not only from Castleford Tigers fans, but from people right across the Rugby League family.
“My wife Rebecca and I cannot thank the Castleford Tigers family enough for all the support we are receiving,” said Jewitt.
“We are just a normal family who’ve been chosen to face this fight in our lives, but having you all right behind us is providing a great support to us. Isobella and Oscar really enjoyed the game on Thursday night and we are so grateful for the 14th minute applause. This is something I will never forget.
“Castleford Tigers is not just where I work, it is part of my family. I’d like to personally thank Powelly and the board for all their support and of course my team-mates. The boys have been in touch with me all personally every day offering their support. Once again thank you all and please keep praying for Noah and Oliver.”
Tigers CEO Steve Gill was overwhelmed by what he witnessed, which also included the presentation of the match ball by Corporal Andy Reid, who suffered serious injuries in Afghanistan.
“We have experienced some special times here at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, and I would like to thank everyone for Thursday night,” said Gill.
“The reception you gave Corporal Andy Reid and the First Yorkshire Battalion was outstanding,
“Secondly I would like to thank everyone who supported the chants for Lee Jewitt and his family. I had the honour of sitting next to Lee’s family at the game, and know just what it meant to them at this difficult time in their lives. Everyone at the club will be here to support them every step of the way.
“Finally I want to thank our players, and everyone involved with the Tigers who showed their family values here on Thursday night. We have sewn another stitch in the Tigers tapestry. What a night!”