posted on 25 April 2013

Wakefield Community Trust are pleased to announce Jimmy Gittins has taken the role of ambassador for the Trust.

Jimmy Gittins joins the Trust and Mark Winder.

The local businessman plays a big part in the RFL’s State of Mind campaign after suffering a serious injury whilst playing rugby league.

Gittin’s role will predominantly involve promoting the Trust and forging partnerships in fundraising for his work he already does along with the excellent already put in place by Wakefield.

The Wakefield Trust is currently delivering workshops around mental health in the over 50’s club and also the learning disability supporters project entitled Trinity Together.

Gittens is delighted to join the Trust:

“I’m hoping with the work I do with State of Mind which is an RFL product I can combine with the Wakefield Trust. I’m a local Wakefield lad and I’m looking forward to working in these communities.

“State of Mind was formed after the death of the former Wildcats player Terry Newton and our role now is we have meetings every month. We also do presentations to all Super League and Championship clubs and we are aiming for funding to do all the Yorkshire clubs which is where Wakefield can come into things.

“Given my situation with my injury that finished my playing I have a good understanding of players that do fall on a hard time and that could lead into the general public and local communities.

“The last seven years I’ve done all sorts of silly fundraising challenges with Steve Prescott and Try Assist which are both heavily involved in rugby league. I’ve always been on my own with all of that but it will be nice to join forces with the Wakefield Trust and create more of an awareness and to reach out and help out people that are closer to home.”

Wakefield Trust’s Director of Education Mark Winder added:

“We will be working with Jimmy to increase our output and supporting fans and the community of Wakefield in addressing mental health issues.

“Having Jimmy on board with what we are doing is not to be underestimated, these issues are really significant in Wakefield and are currently being tackled by State of Mind.

“Jimmy is a recognisable figure throughout rugby league and we know his expertise will provide a big boost to our projects at the club as well as our joint fundraising activities.”

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