The Rhinos squad will help to raise money for three Leeds charities by spending a night sleeping under the stars at Emerald Headingley for the Leeds Big Sleep on 29 November.
The players, who returned to training this week, will join volunteers from Leeds Rhinos Foundation, St George's Crypt and St Gemma's Hospice to raise money for some of the city’s most vulnerable people.
Rhinos player, Anthony Mullally said: “We are all proud to support this event and do our part to help raise money and awareness for these charities.
“It is good for people in fortunate positions, like ourselves, where we have a roof over our heads and food in our cupboards, to give back. It is important for the Rhinos and the platform they have to help influence and encourage people to doing something selfless. It’s going to be cold and we will be sleeping on a hard surface and it will be a little insight into what homeless people go through.
“Some of the lads are a bit nervous because it is out of their comfort zone, but they are excited to do it. It will be good with everyone together, although I will be avoiding sleeping next to Brad Singleton because he is the loudest snorer!”
This year, Yorkshire Evening post editor, Hannah Thaxter and Leeds Rhinos head of operations, Sue Ward, are among the volunteers who will be sleeping out and fans can also get involved.
“It would be great if supporters could join us for the Leeds Big Sleep too,” said Mullally. “It will be a unique event and although it will be challenging I am sure it will be an uplifting and memorable experience and will support the great work these three charities do.”
Supporters wishing to take part in the Big Sleep are welcome to join and are asked to make a donation of £100 donation to enter, with an option to raise additional funds.
To sign up for this opportunity please register at mydonate.bt.com/events/2018leedsbigsleep
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ABOUT THE CHARITIES
St Gemma's Hospice is a Leeds-based charity providing expert care and support for local people with life-limiting illnesses. It is the largest hospice in Yorkshire and one of the largest in the UK and provides free-of-charge care and is open to patients of all beliefs, religions and cultures.
St George's Crypt, which runs a homeless shelter and care centre, has been working with homeless and vulnerable people since 1930 and serves almost 750 three-course meals every week to those in need.
Leeds Rhinos Foundation was formed in 2005 to work with some of the city's most disadvantaged people by using the power of sport to inspire positive changes in their lives.