Willow Project’s Patron

Danny Sculthorpe

“My name is Danny Sculthorpe, I am a former professional rugby league player with a number of clubs: Rochdale, Wigan, Castelford, Bradford, Huddersfield and Wakefield all at professional level. I was fortunate to represent my country and captained the team on two occasions. “

“During a training accident I was forced into retirement and suffered severe depression and despair with frequent thoughts of taking my own life. I felt like I was a burden to my family and thought that my wife and children would be better off without me. Fortunately, with the help of my family, counselling and clinical support, I have been able to recover.”

“I now have made it a focus to share the lessons I have learnt to help others. I do this as an ambassador for State of Mind Sport, a charity that aims to use the power of sport to tackle stigma and reach vulnerable people in order to prevent harm. I go around the with Phil Veivers to deliver these important messages.”

“I am driven to prevent suicide as I’m aware that behind the statistics there is a devastated family, and friends whose lives would be changed forever. I am out most days delivering to a range of groups, including schools, colleges, sports clubs, prisons and construction sites, motivating people to change the way they think and speak about how they feel.”

“I’m absolutely delighted to become Patron of Willow Project. I’m very very passionate about mental health, as I’ve suffered with depression after my rugby league career ended through injury and illness. I know lots of adult mental health issues start before the age of 14, and with charities like Willow Project this will help the statistics in the Wigan/Leigh area. I’m really looking forward to helping as much as I can with this wonderful charity. Danny x “