Leeds rugby league club wears heart on its sleeve

Samaritans volunteers at Sundays Hunslet Hawks match.
Samaritans volunteers at Sundays Hunslet Hawks match.
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A Leeds rugby league club showed its support for the Samaritans ahead of its match at the weekend.

Hunslet Hawks players wore a new warm-up kit prior to their clash with Salford Red Devils, which featured Samaritans Talk to Us shirts, as part of an promotional project to mark the 50th anniversary of the charity’s Leeds branch.

Volunteers from the branch were also present throughout the game, talking to fans and spreading their message.

Leeds Samaritans volunteer and regional marketing officer for Yorkshire and Humberside Bob Howe said: “We are delighted that our local rugby league club have embraced the importance of getting the Samaritans message across – that Samaritans are there for anyone, whatever life has thrown at them, whatever they have done, however they might be feeling.

“Men are notoriously reluctant to seek out help or to talk about ‘feelings’ and it is a sad fact that men aged 35-50 are the highest risk group of people for suicide.”

Hunslet Hawks media manager Gareth Evans said: “When Samaritans approached the Hawks to ask if we could help celebrate the 50th anniversary of their local branch in Leeds we were only too pleased to agree.

Samaritans provide a potentially life-saving service in the communities of south Leeds and so we are only too happy to be able to do whatever we can to help.

“We hope that by having had a presence at our high profile cup game against the Salford Red Devils we will have helped to raise awareness of the great work of Samaritans.

“The continued use of our new warm-up kit bearing Samaritans logo will advertise our belief in their message.”

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