Charity fundraiser to be held to remember the life of Leon Walker

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The life of Morley rugby player Leon Walker who died while playing for Wakefield Wildcats will be remembered at a charity fundraiser next weekend.

Leon Walker was just 20 when he collapsed on the pitch while playing in a reserve team game against Celtic Crusaders in South Wales in March 2009.

It was discovered later that he had an undetected heart defect.

Leon started playing rugby league at the age of six for his local team, Churwell Chiefs before signing for Leeds Rhinos, Salford City Reds and the Wildcats on a professional basis.

His family have helped organise the family fun day which will take place at the Arthur Miller Stadium on Coal Hill Drive in Stanningley on Saturday May 23 from 1pm until late.

All the money raised will be donated to the British Heart Foundation and the Wales Air Ambulance, two charities that are very close to the hearts of Leon’s family.

Craig Rodgers, secretary of the Leon Walker Memorial Fund and childhood friend, said: “Leon was a very happy chap and always had a smile on his face.

“He was a very good player to referee because he just got on with the job in hand.”

On the day there will be games of rugby, including the ladies U17s team, in which Leon’s sister Reagan will be playing, Hunslet Warriors V Whitley Bay and Stanningley V Whinmoor Warriors.

There will also be a performance by the Leeds Rhinos dance team, a bouncy castle and karaoke.

It is also hoped an auction and raffle will boost profits made on the day.

Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.

An entrance fee will be payable at the gate and will cost £2 for adults and £1 for concessions. Under 16s go free.

For more information, contact organiser Craig Rodgers on 07786654965 or email craigrodgers_740@hotmail.com.