Leeds Rhinos star Adam set to play Father Christmas for poorly kids

Adam Cuthbertson.
Adam Cuthbertson.
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BIG-hearted Leeds Rhinos star Adam Cuthbertson has hit upon a champion way of spreading Christmas cheer among some of the city’s most deserving youngsters.

Cuthbertson announced on Tuesday that he was selling off a selection of 2015 shirts and training gear to raise cash for poorly kids.

He said the first 10 supporters who headed down to the Rhinos club shop from 4pm could each collect a bundle of the kit for £50.

Sure enough, Rhinos fans rose to the occasion, snapping up all of the bundles by the time the shop closed its doors at 5pm.

Yesterday Cuthbertson used the £500 raised by his idea and another £250 donated by Leeds-based supermarket giant Asda to buy a haul of presents.

And tomorrow he will play Father Christmas when he visits Leeds General Infirmary to distribute the gifts to young patients.

The Aussie forward said: “We were down at the children’s hospital [at LGI] the other week and I got talking to guys who won’t be able to go home for Christmas. I’m a long way from home too so I just wanted to do something on Christmas Day that would help cheer them up a bit.”

Each of the kit bundles sold off on Tuesday included at least one item from this season’s Challenge Cup Final or Grand Final.