He became the Falcons youngest ever club captain in 2012 when, at the age of 22, he took on the leadership role.
Skippering the side to the Championship title in his first season he has since led them in the Premiership, where his tireless work ethic and relentless tackling have marked him as a stand out performer and made a significant contribution to their improvement over recent seasons.
Will has recently joined Bright Red as our new patron, in the hope he can help fight blood cancer for a brighter future.
“I know we’re very blessed in our region with fantastic facilities, support and amazing medical staff, but there’s still a lot to be done in the fight against blood cancer. I want to help as many patients and families as possible and I’m really excited about this new role.”
He became a patron of Bright Red on June 29 2016, exactly one year after his diagnosis. Ben is supporting Bright Red’s goal to employ more Outreach Nurses.
You can find out more about Ben by visiting his website www.benhobday.com.
“I’m very grateful to clever people, because I’m a practical person. You take for granted people who work endlessly – and that’s not just the doctors, that’s the nurses who are looking after you at two o’clock in the morning when you’re throwing up and feeling sick.”
“I’m lucky that I’ve got good friends and family around me to keep me focused on the light at the end of the tunnel. With these clever people around there is light at the end of the tunnel, for everyone, and you’ve just got to believe that.”
“Without charities like Bright Red it would be a lot more difficult to get better.”
He started his treatment at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care in August 2010, and after battling for six months he completed his therapy in January 2011. He has since been given the all clear.
“Getting diagnosed with blood cancer was a shock, particularly having lived a very healthy lifestyle. But I was given fantastic support and I think keeping as healthy as I could throughout my treatment really helped me to overcome my illness.”
“I’m not saying that people need to have an Olympic level of fitness but if they are able to keep active I think every little bit of exercise helps both physically and psychologically. Bright Red is a really important charity that cares for patients and provides support to their families and carers. I’m really proud to be a patron.”
Billy was 33 when his sister was diagnosed with non hodgkins lymphoma – a disease he hadn’t heard of before. Susan had a short battle with the disease but sadly passed away.
“‘There’s a lot still to be done in the fight against blood cancer. I know that we’re very blessed in our region with fantastic facilities, support and amazing medical staff, but there’s still a lot to be done. I want to help as many patients and their families as possible and I’m really excited about this new venture.”