HUNSLET Rugby League club’s long-standing relationship with Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice, in Headingley, north Leeds, continued in its time-honoured tradition when players Josh Jordan-Roberts, Morgan Punchard and Harvey Whiteley joined assistant coach Danny Burton and kit manager and analyst Scott Johnson in delivering presents shortly before Christmas.

The gifts will, as in previous years, be passed on to families of patients at the hospice.

Jo Stevens, the hospice’s Fundraising Manager, said: “Every year we are overwhelmed by the amazing support we receive from the local community, which helps us continue to be there when it matters and ensure that the end of people’s lives are filled with treasured memories, family and friends, kindness and love.

“Our staff do whatever is needed to make the festive season special for patients and their families, and we’re so grateful to Hunslet RLFC for this kind donation of Christmas presents, which is sure to bring joy and smiles during a very difficult time. We’d like to thank all the players and staff from the club who have contributed, and for their ongoing support of the hospice.”

The Betfred League 1 outfit first linked up with Sue Ryder Wheatfields several years ago, through kitman Trevor Brown, who has since retired, and Johnson, who said: “It’s a wonderful cause which means a lot to all at Hunslet, and we’re delighted to be able to help out again.”

Hunslet will, as in previous years, wear warm-up tops, ahead of next season’s games, dedicated to Sue Ryder Wheatfields Hospice.