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Halifax and British Lions legend signs up for Invictus Wellbeing


John Bentley (middle), immortalised by his incredible try for British Lions in 1997, has officially become a charity ambassador for Invictus Wellbeing.


John or ‘Bentos’, as he’s known at Halifax RLFC, spent two spells at Halifax in the late 90s and is a renowned figure amongst the Halifax faithful, scoring 109 tries in 133 appearances for the Blue Sox.


Invictus Wellbeing is a Halifax based mental health charity providing support, projects and activities to children across West Yorkshire. Based at Dean Clough, they have worked with thousands of young people across Calderdale and beyond over the last year and are fast becoming West Yorkshire’s Children and Young People’s Mental Health Charity.


Danny Hutchinson, Operations Manager at Invictus Wellbeing said “John is a charismatic, hard working and deeply passionate man who really cares about giving young people the best opportunity in life. When we approached him about the work we do, he showed such compassion and understanding and we knew that he would be a perfect fit to be our first ever charity ambassador”.


John added ‘I am delighted to join the charity and help raise awareness of young people’s mental health whilst also being able to go out and speak to young people about living a happy life and being proud of who you are’.


Chris Georgiou, founder and CEO of Invictus Wellbeing said finally; “We believe John is a fantastic asset for our cause and we hope he can contribute in a hugely positive way for many years to come”.


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