Rugby legend tackles London Marathon for Sue Ryder

Categories: Fundraising.

Leeds Rhinos legend, Jamie Peacock, is gearing up to run the TCS London Marathon on Sunday 21 April for national healthcare charity Sue Ryder. Jamie, 46, will be running the iconic 26.2-mile race in memory of his dad Darryl, who was cared for in his final days by the expert team at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.

Jamie said: “My dad spent the final days of his life at the incredible Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, having been diagnosed with lung cancer. That was eleven years ago now and it was the first time I fully understood what a hospice does. 

“The staff were so kind, attentive and respectful during a very difficult and emotional time. They really made a big impact on me, and I am very grateful that dad’s last days were as comfortable and peaceful as possible.” 

Jamie has been an Ambassador for the Headingley based hospice since 2019, raising thousands of pounds for the charity. The hospice provides expert palliative care and support for people who are living with a life-limiting condition, as well as supporting their families.

Jamie continued: “This is the second time I have taken on the London Marathon to support Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice. It’s an absolute honour to do what I can to help the hospice to provide vital and compassionate care to those who need it.”

The nine-time Grand Final winner will be joined on the legendary race by close friend and former Leeds Rhinos player, Jamie Jones-Buchanan. He shared:

“I am delighted to be taking part in the London Marathon for Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice this year. Running alongside my good friend Jamie Peacock has been a massive motivator for me, supporting a friend in memory of his father and showing gratitude for expert care and compassion delivered at the hospice.”

“This is my opportunity to prepare, turn up, and attempt a PB running in memory of Darryl, who was himself a fantastic servant of rugby league and the inspired dad of a real-life Superman.”

“A terminal illness can impact a family’s life at any time, so the support that Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice offers is invaluable. Training has been tough, but it’s a small price to pay in supporting the hospice and raising as much as we can along the way.”

50,000 runners are expected to set off on the world-famous route on 21 April, beginning in Greenwich Park and encompassing many of the capital’s finest landmarks.

Jen Wickham, Head of Fundraising at Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice said: “We’re so grateful to have two sporting superstars taking on this challenge for Sue Ryder.

“On behalf of everyone at the hospice, I’d like to wish them both the very best of luck and thank them for going the extra mile! This support means that we can continue to be there for our patients and their families when they need us most.”

You can support Jamie via his JustGiving page at: Sue Ryder: Jamie Peacock Fundraising for Wheatfields Hospice (enthuse.com).

You can support Jamie James-Buchanan via his JustGiving page at: Jamie Jones-Buchanan is fundraising for Sue Ryder (justgiving.com)

For more information on Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, visit www.sueryder.org/Wheatfields

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