Family funday planned to remember rugby’s Leon

Leon Walker
Leon Walker

The life of Morley rugby Leon Walker who tragically died while playing for Wakefield Wildcats will be remembered at a charity fundraiser this May.

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 later transpired he had a hitherto 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 May 23 in a bid to raise money for the British Heart Foundation and the Wales Air Ambulance.

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.”

Anyone wishing to sponsor the event or donate a raffle prize can contact Craig on 077866 54965.