Magic shirt continues to raise awareness and funds for a great cause

Leeds Rhinos legend Jamie Peacock MBE has thanked Rhinos supporters who have already purchased the special edition silver Magic shirt and explained why the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice means so much to him.

Peacock, who is in the final season of his glittering 19-year professional career in 2015, is receiving a donation from each Rhinos shirt sold this year towards his testimonial fund. However, the former England and Great Britain captain has decided to donate all his proceeds from the new look Magic shirt to the Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.
 
The new look silver and navy kit was designed to be worn at the Magic Weekend when the Rhinos take on Wigan Warriors at St James’ Park as part of a full round of fixtures being played at the home of Newcastle United. However, the kit will also be worn this Thursday when the Rhinos travel to Huddersfield Giants live on Sky Sports.
 
Peacock commented, “Wheatfields Hospice is a charity very close to my heart. They played a massive role in my dad’s life in the last few months before he passed away. 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 few weeks of his life to make sure that he passed away peacefully and that all his needs were met. 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 that weekend.”
 
Holly Buckley from Sue Ryder added, “Being affiliated with Jamie and the Rhinos is massive in terms of raising our profile across the city but to be also benefitting 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.
 
“It is great for us to see people wearing the jersey out and around Leeds. We know the main reason people are buying the shirt is to support the club but I am sure that they are also getting it because they know it is showing their support for the work we do at the hospice.
 
“It costs us £4.8 million to run the hospice each year and any funds raised by Jamie will got towards that. Our work is all publicly funded and the patients we work with generally come from South and West Leeds. We touch around 400 families a year just on our in patients unit as well as countless other family members through our bereavement support and our work in the community so all support is gratefully received.”
 
The shirt is available in store at Headingley Carnegie or online at www.therhinos.co.uk/store now in adult sizes XS to 6XL and ladies sizes 8-18 priced £46.50. Junior shirts are available in sizes age 6 to 16 priced £36.50 whilst toddlers shirts aged 0-4 after £30. Replica shorts and socks are also available in junior and adults sizes from £20 for the shorts and £8 for a pair of socks.