Leeds Rhino star Jamie Jones-Buchanan helped The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds raise thousands for donkey assisted therapy at the centre’s 15th anniversary Black Tie and Diamonds Ball.
Jamie celebrated with hundreds of others at the Leeds Marriott Hotel last month helping run an auction and fantastic ‘diamond tree’ which raised £8000 for the charity.
Guests were able to have their photos taken with Jamie and the Rugby League Challenge Cup, which the Leeds Rhinos won this year, and chat with Jamie about his support for The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds.
The rugby legend was joined by BBC Radio Leeds presenter Richard Edwards and together they were super hosts.
It was a fantastic evening and a great way to celebrate 15 years of donkey-assisted therapy in the community and to look forward to many more, said Jean Mitchell, the chair of The Parent and Friends Association for The Donkey Sanctuary Leeds.
She said: “It was a fantastic evening and we were honoured to have Jamie there as well as the magnificent 160-year old cup, which the Leeds Rhinos won this year. We are very grateful to Jamie for his ongoing support and to everybody who came along and was so generous in their support. It’s a great reward for all the work we’ve done in the community.”
The money raised will be spent on providing further free donkey assisted therapy sessions to children and adults with additional needs in the Leeds area.
Pictured are Jamie Jones-Buchanan (left) and a fan, Paul Hargreaves.
The Donkey Sanctuary in Leeds provides donkey assisted therapy to around 190 local children with additional needs from Leeds and the surrounding area each week, as well as outreach visits to care homes. For information please telephone 0113 261 9249 or visit www.thedonkeysanctuary.org.uk/donkey-assisted-therapy