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Barking’s rugby star Jason Leonard raises £11k for hospice

PUBLISHED: 16:00 26 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:18 26 February 2016

Jason Leonard OBE with Haven House patron Ben Shepherd. Photo: Blake Ezra Photography

Jason Leonard OBE with Haven House patron Ben Shepherd. Photo: Blake Ezra Photography

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A Barking born rugby legend has helped raise thousands of pounds for sick children.

Jason Leonard and Jeremy Guscott celebrate the British Lions' 25-16 victory over South Africa after the final whistle. Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sports Photo AgencyJason Leonard and Jeremy Guscott celebrate the British Lions' 25-16 victory over South Africa after the final whistle. Photo: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sports Photo Agency

Jason Leonard OBE fielded questions from fans in an event which made £11,200 for Haven House Children’s Hospice on Tuesday evening.

The Rugby Football Union president began playing for Barking when he was 18, and became England’s youngest ever prop when he played for England against Argentina in 1990.

Speaking to fans at Bloomsbury’s Radisson Blu hotel, Leonard said sportspeople had a “duty” to support local causes.

“A playing career can be very fragile, it can all end tomorrow which is why sportsmen and women are very good at giving back as they have a duty to give back people to people who are in a far worse position.”

Haven House cares for children in Barking and Dagenham and other areas in London, West Essex and East Hertfordshire. Go to havenhouse.org.uk to find out more.


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