Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Peacock proud to help charity

Jamie Peacock.
Jamie Peacock.
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Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Peacock has always walked the walk on the rugby field – now he’s ready to talk the talk.

Peacock has been announced as guest speaker at a sporting dinner organised to raise funds for East End Park-based Leeds Mencap.

And he will be on familiar territory as the event is being held in the Premier Suite at his old Headingley Carnegie Stadium stomping ground.

A number of other famous Leeds Rhinos names will be attending and the night will also feature live and silent auctions.

Taking place on Thursday, November 3, the dinner is being staged in partnership with Barclays, Squire Patton Boggs and the Leeds Rhinos Foundation.

Helen Clarke, from Barclays, said she was “delighted” to be involved, adding: “The work that Leeds Mencap does is pioneering in terms of the education and support they provide for children and young adults with learning disabilities.”

The event comes at the end of a landmark year for Leeds Mencap, which moved into its new purpose-built £2.6m home on Vinery Terrace in April.

It decided to make the switch after outgrowing its previous premises on nearby Londesboro Terrace.

Early fundraising for the project was given a massive boost with a £1.15m investment from Jimbo’s Fund, set up by the late Leeds philanthropist Jimi Heselden.

Leeds Mencap says it was “overwhelmed” by the support it subsequently received from local businesses.

Tables of 10 at next month’s dinner are priced £650.

For further information, visit the ‘get involved’ section of the www.leedsmencap.org.uk website, ring Catherine Storey on 0113 235 1331 or e-mail catherine.storey@leedsmencap.org.uk.