Leeds Rhinos player Adam Cuthbertson delivered hundreds of toys to children in hospital on Christmas Day. He raised more than £1,000 by selling his jerseys and kit – and Asda is supporting his efforts by donating more toys to give to kids who’ll be spending Christmas in Leeds Children’s Hospital.
Adam called in to Asda’s Morley store to pick up the gifts from the store’s Community Champion Maxine Green. It’s the second successive year that the Australian, who joined the Rhinos in 2014, is handing the presents to children on the big day.
He said: “When myself and another player visited the hospital during Christmas 2014 we were very touched, particularly by one little girl who was battling cancer and loved Leeds Rhinos. Last year I thought there would be no better way to spend Christmas than to take some toys into the kids who are in hospital on Christmas Day and put some smiles on their faces. This year I offered up some of me and the boys’ training gear and jerseys and we held an auction at the club shop.”
“It’s amazing how people come together this time of year. The fans, everyone at the club and the general public have been really good helping to raise this money.
“I’m a long way from home – I’m used to heading down to the beach on Christmas Day! Coming over here has made me think outside of the box a little bit – it’s great for me to do my bit and help out.”
Maxine said: “Adam contacted us to see if he could come along to buy a load of toys for Leeds Children’s Hospital following him auctioning off all his training gear. It’s such a great gesture from Adam and he’s really going above and beyond to help others on Christmas Day, so we wanted to help his appeal with some additional toys.” Leeds Children’s Hospital is based at Leeds General Infirmary and provides comprehensive specialist support including cancer treatment, transplants and heart surgery.”