Falcons captain Will Welch one of two new signings at blood cancer charity Bright Red

Falcons captain Will Welch one of two new signings at blood cancer charity Bright Red

Will Welch, 28, began his career at Newcastle Falcons academy before turning professional in 2009.  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 their new patron, in the hope he can help fight blood cancer for a brighter future.  He said “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.”

Head of Fundraising at Bright Red, Lisa Saxton said “We’re delighted to have Will join the team.  He has such an enthusiasm and positive attitude which will undoubtedly help us continue with our very important work.  We have already come such a long way as a charity since originally being established in 1988, and Will’s support will help us do even more.”

Also joining Bright Red, as Head of Operations, is Catriona Taylor who brings over eight years of experience in the charity sector.  She said “I’m delighted to be joining Bright Red at this exciting time as we’re expanding from our Newcastle roots to help patients region wide – from Teesside to the Borders and across into Cumbria.”

Bright Red Chair, Mark Thompson added “We’re delighted to be strengthening the team.  In Catriona we have a charity professional with a deep understanding of blood cancers from her previous role and in Will we have a high profile local role model at the top of his game who will undoubtedly help us raise the awareness of Bright Red.”


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