Charity Match For Robbie Leonard

A charity rugby match is being held this Sunday in memory of a former player and inspiring coach at Derby Rugby Football Club who passed away two years ago.

Robbie Leonard will be remembered and celebrated at the family-friendly day at the ground on Haslams Lane on August

20 from 11am.

He was passionate about rugby and his love and dedication to the club as a player and trainer to the Mini and Junior teams was renowned.

Former teammates and work colleagues from Rolls Royce will play alongside Robbie’s sons Josh, 19, and Connor, 23, and their childhood friends who were also coached by their dad.

“He had a big personality and was a father-figure to many people at the club there so we wanted to hold an event that he would have wanted to be a part of.” said his son Josh.

“It is important to our family that we raise money as well as awareness for Help for Heroes, we want veterans and their families to know that if you are struggling with your mental or physical health, you are not alone.”

At 16, Robbie joined the Royal Navy as a chef and deployed to the war in Kosovo during his five years in service – he sailed on HMS Lancaster, HMS Grafton and HMS Argyle, until a knee injury led to him being medically discharged.

He was able to transfer his skills into the outside world and enjoyed a long and successful career at Rolls Royce, where he worked up until a few years before he passed away aged 41, in July 2021 from health complications following an operation.

As well as the charity rugby match, entertainment will also include bouncy castles a barbecue, ice cream van, face-painting and a raffle.

Robbie’s sister, Laura Fletcher, added: “Robbie was a massive supporter of Help for Heroes, since leaving the forces he alwavs raised money and always brought clothes and merchandise from Help for Heroes for himself and presents for all his family.”

The Charity champions the Armed Forces community and helps them live well after service. It supports veterans, and their families, from any branch of the UK military – regulars or reserves – irrespective of when or where they served.

Josh, who has followed in his father’s footsteps into the Royal Navy where he is an Air Engineering Technician, added: “Dad was a coach to me and my brother when we were young and he was loved by all the lads, we are looking forward to coming together whilst encouraging people to get help if they

need it”

To donate visit Robbie Leonards Charity Rugby Match helpforheroes.org.uk)

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