Jamie Peacock MBE – former Bradford, Leeds, England and Great Britain rugby league player, has been appointed as the very first ambassador for Sue Ryder Wheatfields hospice in Headingley.
Jamie is one of the most successful players in Super League history, having won a total of nine Super League championships, four Challenge Cup winners medals, named a total of eleven times in the Super League Dream Team and won the Man of Steel award in 2003.
He is as well-known now for his motivational speaking, mentoring and charity work as he was for his prolific exploits on the rugby pitch.
Speaking of his appointment, Jamie said:
“This is a real honour for Sue Ryder to ask me to be an ambassador for such a special place.
“My dad spent a lot of time at Wheatfields in 2013 before he passed away at just 59 with lung cancer. It is an incredible hospice with wonderful staff that makes what is a very difficult stage of anyone’s life that much easier to deal with.
“Sue Ryder Wheatfields will always have a special place in my family’s heart because of the expert and compassionate care they were able to give my dad, and the time with Dad that they gave to me and my family before he passed away.
“I really hope I can help the hospice to show the vital service it provides for the local community, so that we can increase awareness and more people in Leeds can have the same experience that my family did.”
Jamie has already run the London Marathon twice for Sue Ryder Wheatfields, with his latest effort raising £3,700 and finishing the gruelling 26.2 mile course in an astounding three hours and 35 minutes.
Lizzie Procter, Acting Director of Sue Ryder Wheatfields, said:
“We are absolutely thrilled to have Jamie on board as our first ambassador.
“Jamie shows such passion for Wheatfields and he has already provided us and our patients with brilliant support in recent years. We are looking forward to working together in the future in what I know will be a fantastic partnership.”