Ex-Huddersfield Giants player Robbie Hunter-Paul to lead charity walk to Bradford Bulls ground
HE ran thousands of metres for both the Giants and the Bradford Bulls.
But now retired player Robbie Hunter-Paul is set to walk 10 miles between the two clubs to boost a Huddersfield charity.
The former Super League half-back has teamed up with the Laura Crane Youth Cancer Trust to raise cash for both the Quay Street based charity and the Huddersfield Giants Youth Academy.
Robbie, who now works as the Giants’ business development manager, will don fancy dress to lead the walk from his current employers to his former employers, before the April 22 fixture between the teams.
Once at Bradford’s Odsal ground he will continue the punishment by running up every step in the stadium.
Robbie said: “I am really looking forward to this fund raising event, it’s going to be fun as I have always wanted to challenge myself at something different and I will be getting into the spirit of the event by getting dressed up for the occasion.
“The fact that it is for such a good cause makes it even more special.
“I want to encourage as many supporters as possible to fund raise and come join me on the walk for a truly important and local cause.”
The walk was first launched last year when Giants’ owner Ken Davy led fundraisers between the two grounds, raising almost £11,000 in the process.
Helen Mervill, fundraising manager for the Laura Crane Trust, said they would be delighted if they could match or beat that total.
Helen said they were hoping more than 100 fans of both clubs would complete the sponsored challenge.
She said: “This year there seems to be different people that want to do the walk to last year – there’s a lot of women for some reason!
“It’s a good link as Robbie is best known as a player for both teams and he’s still got a really good relationship with the Bulls, so it’s nice he’s leading the way.”
The walk is expected to take between four to five hours, depending on the fitness of the participant.
Added Helen: “There’s a full range of people doing it.
“Last year was all Giants fans but this year there’s some Bulls fans doing it too.
“There’s also families doing it, people with pushchairs and children.”
The walk will set off at 9.30am on Sunday, April 22, from the Galpharm Stadium where Robbie will meet and greet fellow fundraisers outside the stadium ticket office.
To sign up and receive your application and sponsorship forms please call the charity on 01484 510013 or email email@example.com
There is a £5 registration fee for adults and £1 for children. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
Donate online at www.justgiving.com/Robbie-Hunter-Paul