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Author: Age Cymru
Published on 22 May 2014 09:30 AM

Wales and British & Irish Lions legend Leigh Halfpenny has teamed up with his grandad Malcolm, to support our new campaign.

The pair appear together on a poster and brochure to promote Age Cymru’s legacies campaign which is being launched today. 

We are calling on the Welsh public to make it their legacy to help older people by leaving a donation in their wills to Age Cymru.

Commenting on the campaign, our Director of Income Resources Richard Nicholls says:

“Age Cymru is very grateful to Leigh and Malcolm Halfpenny for their support.

“In many ways, Leigh’s determination to succeed on the rugby field is Malcolm’s legacy to Wales.

“Malcolm worked with, trained and inspired Leigh from a very early age to become the international rugby superstar that he is today.

“By leaving a gift in their will to Age Cymru, the people of Wales can help make a positive difference to the lives of older people - that can be their legacy to Wales.”

Age Cymru’s new brochure shows Malcolm standing next to Leigh, with his arm around his grandson’s shoulder, with the caption ‘This is my legacy to Wales – what’s yours going to be?’

Says Leigh Halfpenny:

“I wouldn’t be where I am today without my grandad - he was a massive influence on me, especially with my kicking.

“He told me ‘If you’re not putting the work in, then there’s always somebody else out there who is’ so it was important to me that I never stopped practicing.

“Even now when I’m kicking, no matter where I am – Australia or New Zealand and the fans are giving me a hard time, I picture myself practising in Gorseinon with grandad.

“Everything I’ve achieved, it’s all come from a lot of hard work and that’s definitely my grandad’s influence on me.”

Says Malcolm Halfpenny:

“I would pick Leigh up from school a few times a week and take him to practice.

“We spent hours and hours training down there in Gorseinon- so much that I think that the pitch had to be re-seeded every year.

“And the number of balls that Leigh broke was unbelievable, but he stuck at the training and put in hundreds of hours of practice.

“This is why I am so incredibly proud of Leigh – he is my grandson and my legacy to Wales”.

For more information: Call Age Cymru Advice: 08000 223 444