Leeds Rhinos squad to support Leeds Big Sleep

Players from the Leeds Rhinos squad will be showing their support for volunteers taking part in the Leeds big Sleep at Emerald Headingley on Thursday 28th November to raise money for three Leeds charities.

The initiative, now in its third year, sees volunteers from across the city coming together for a huge fundraising event to support some of the city’s most vulnerable people.

Members of the squad will welcome volunteers to the stadium and members of the coaching staff will be spending the night sleeping on the terraces at Emerald Headingley Stadium to raise money for vulnerable communities whilst also highlighting the plight of homeless people across the city.

Leeds Rhinos Foundation, St George’s Crypt and St Gemma’s Hospice will be the beneficiaries of the fundraising event, which last year raised more than £32,000 won the Fundraising Partnership of the Year Award at the 2019 Institute of Fundraising (IoF) Yorkshire Awards.

Richard Agar, Head Coach of Leeds Rhinos, said: “This is an amazing cause which the team are happy to support.  With the temperatures beginning to drop as we approach winter I know it will be a challenging night for all the volunteers, but we also know these are the conditions that many people across the country face each night and hopefully money raised will help St George’s Crypt in their efforts to tackle this.

“Our own charity Leeds Rhinos Foundation is also doing some fantastic work to support people in our community through their health, education and sports projects and they are really making a difference to people’s lives.

“St Gemma’s Hospice is a charity that means so much to the people of Leeds.  They have supported so many people and families going through the most difficult of times, so we are proud that money raised from this event will also go to funding their incredible organisation.”

Show your support

You can support the volunteers and staff from Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Rhinos Foundation taking part in the Leeds Big Sleep by making a donation https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/LeedsRhinosFoundation

If you would like to take part in the Leeds Big Sleep contact Cheryl.harrington@stgeorgescrypt.org.uk.

About the Charities

St George’s Crypt has been providing care and support to homeless and disadvantaged adults in Leeds since 1930. We offer food, emergency accommodation, specialist residential projects, recovery from addiction, volunteering/work experience and skills training for their service users & much more.

Leeds Rhinos Foundation is the official charity of Leeds Rhinos. They deliver projects in the heart of the community by harnessing the power of sport to make a lasting, positive impact on individuals’ lives. As Leeds Rhinos’ charity, they have a unique opportunity to truly change lives through sport.

St Gemma’s Hospice is a Leeds-based charity providing expert care and support for local people with life-limiting illnesses. They offer care to patients and their carers in the Hospice’s 32-bed In-Patient Unit, through the St Gemma’s community team and via their day services, which include a Day Hospice and Out-Patient Department. Their care is always provided free-of-charge and is open to patients of all beliefs, religions, and cultures.