JBF Launch


Friday 9th November 2018 saw the official launch event of The James Burke Foundation.

Over 100 invited guests joined us at the John Charles Stadium in Leeds to celebrate the official launch of the foundation following its establishment in April 2018.

The evening saw a keynote speech by the Right Honorable Hilary Benn MP, an associate of the JBF.

Also speaking were: Mark Sykes – GMB Union, Jo Westerman – Unite the Union, Rachel Dodson – New Wortley Community Centre, Niamh Donnelly – the University of Leeds, and Sharon Burke – founder of the JBF.


On the night, Sharon presented the new official rugby shirt of the JBF, featuring the Jamaican theme to represent James’ Jamaican association. Above, Sharon presents Hilary with a framed shirt to thank him for his continued support with the foundation.

We would like to thank everyone who attended, participated or helped to organise such a successful launch.

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