Leeds Rhinos: Rhinos fan thanks stars who helped raise over £1k

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A LEEDS RHINOS fan has rallied rugby league stars to raise more than £1,000 for the hospital which saved her boyfriend’s life.

Rhinos’ Jimmy Keinhorst will help fund-raiser Charlotte Coffey present the money to the Ward Three intensive care unit at Leeds General Infirmary this weekend.

Miss Coffey, 17, from Tingley, said: “In March, my boyfriend Sam Powell, aged 18, was rushed into Leeds General Infirmary.

“It emerged he had developed Guillian-Barre Syndrome, in which the body’s immune system attacks part of the nervous system.

“The condition, which leaves patients unable to move, swallow or breathe unassisted, left him in a coma for three days and intensive care for 36 more.

“The intensive care unit staff saved his life and did a fantastic job with him and to say thank you I started doing a fund-raiser for the Ward Three intensive care unit in the LGI.”

She added: “As a massive rugby league fan, following Leeds Rhinos all my life, I decided to contact some Super League players, informing them of my boyfriend’s condition and that I’d be doing a rugby league auction taking place on eBay.

“I couldn’t believe the response.

“I got signed shirts and rugby balls and I’d like to say a massive thank you to the rugby league family and the players who donated: Jimmy Keinhorst (Leeds Rhinos), Jay Walton (Salford), Ali Lauitiiti (Wakefield), Jodie Broughton (Huddersfield), Adam Walker (Hull KR), Matty Nicholson (Halifax) and Jimmy Watson (Hunslet).”

With three items still to sell, Miss Coffey has raised a total of £1,075.66.

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