Rugby League legend Jamie Jones-Buchanan becomes first-ever patron of Inspire North
Leeds Rhinos assistant coach and former player Jamie Jones-Buchanan has become the first-ever patron of Inspire North
As patron Jamie will help to raise awareness of a broad range of issues including mental health and well-being, as well as how sport can be a huge benefit to young people and domestic abuse.
He said: “Being able to take on this role means a great deal to me personally after my cousin, Bethany Fields, was killed by an ex-partner in September 2019. I’ve seen first-hand the devastation that that has had to immediate family members and I see the vast amount of work that still needs to be done in communities in the continued fight against domestic abuse.”
Jamie will also help the charity to raise awareness of how being active in sport can help young people’s mental health and well-being. He said: “During my time as a professional Rugby League player for my home-town club, Leeds Rhinos, I’ve come to understand the benefits of being physically active and how a strong community can serve to help us to overcome a variety of mental health and social issues.
“In conjunction with the superb work that is done by the Leeds Rhinos Foundation in changing lives through sport it is a pleasure to become a patron of Inspire North, a fantastic charity that helps so many people across the North of England.”
Welcoming Jamie to the role of patron Inspire North CEO Ruth Kettle said: “The past year has been tough for everyone because of the Covid-19 pandemic and associated lockdowns. As we hopefully begin to emerge from this very difficult period it is the ideal time to look forward with hope and vigour as to how we can help the many people in our area who are affected by issues including mental health, housing needs and domestic abuse,.
“We are delighted and very grateful that Jamie will be working with us to raise awareness of these many important factors that affect society across our region.”