England and Hull rugby star John Whiteley has presented residents of Godfrey Robinson House in North Ferriby, run by Leonard Cheshire Disability, with certificates for their sporting achievements. The two-time world champion said:
‘It was a pleasure to meet the residents and staff. I am very passionate about sport in the community and it is great to see disabled people getting involved.’
The staff, residents and volunteers had recently triumphed in the Rotary Disabled Games held in Barnsley. Everyone felt like they had won a ‘grand slam’ having the rugby icon in their midst. Eleven residents took part in the event, supported by dedicated staff and volunteers. The day was a great success and resulted in four trophies being won.
John’s sporting career was full of success and it was great for him to congratulate and praise residents who had an achievement in sport.
He was invited to the care home by Trevor Barningham, director at the Rotary Club.
Residents Tina Lamb, David Penn, and Sam Witchell excelled in the wheelchair slalom and wheelchair dash events. Sam was presented with two trophies for his winning performance and said:
‘We are honoured to get our trophies and certificates from John. He was so tall!’
Care worker Paula Smart, a devoted Hull FC fan, was overwhelmed by John’s visit. She took the opportunity to get him to sign her Hull rugby t-shirt, saying:
‘The visit from John has made my year.’