LEEDS Rhinos legend Jamie Peacock has opened his heart about his support for the city’s Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.
Jamie is donating a slice of his testimonial fund to the Headingley-based hospice during the final season of his glittering 19-year professional career.
And today he told why he was backing its work, saying: “They played a massive role in my dad’s life in the last few months before he passed away.”
Jamie went on: “The hospice was a place he could go to to take a break from things and they also helped my family.
“The staff there do an incredible job and I will always be grateful for how they helped my dad in the last weeks of his life to make sure that he passed away peacefully and that all his needs were met.”
Jamie’s testimonial fund gets a donation every time a replica Rhinos shirt is sold this year.
But he has decided that the money he would have received from sales of the club’s new-look Magic shirt will instead go to Wheatfields.
The silver and navy kit has been produced for this month’s Magic Weekend, when the Rhinos will take on Wigan Warriors at St James’ Park in Newcastle. The team also wore it for last week’s game against Huddersfield Giants.
Jamie said: “I would like to thank everyone who has already bought a shirt and it would be great to see all the fans up at the Magic Weekend decked out in the shirt.”
Hailing the Rhinos star for his support, Sue Ryder’s Holly Buckley said: “Being affiliated with Jamie and the Rhinos is massive in terms of raising our profile across the city but to be also benefiting from the proceeds of Jamie’s testimonial and sales of the shirt makes a massive difference to the care of our patients and their families and everybody that visits the hospice.”