Friends take to the pitch in memory of Leon

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Friends and family of Morley rugby player Leon Walker raised more than £1,000 at a memorial match held to celebrate his life.

They gathered at the Arthur Miller Stadium in Stanningley on Saturday May 23 to watch a few matches of the game Leon loved so much.

Leon Walker

Leon Walker

The 20-year-old Wakefield Wildcats player died in March 2009 after he collapsed on the pitch during a reserve game against Celtic Cruisaders.

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

Starting his rugby career aged six at Churwell Chiefs, Leon went on to sign professionally for Leeds Rhinos, Salford City Reds and the Wildcats.

The funday included games of rugby, including the ladies U17s team, in which Leon’s sister Reagan took to the pitch, Hunslet Warriors V Whitley Bay and Stanningley V Whinmoor Warriors.

All money raised has been split between the British Heart Foundation and the Wales Air Ambulance - two charities that are very close to the hearts of Leon’s family.

Organiser Craig Rodgers said: “It was a great day with people coming and going and we raised a great amount.”

A second fundraiser, which will include a DJ and auction is now being planned for September 26 at Ackroyd Street WMC.

Further details will be announced at a later date.