Rugby star Jason Robinson OBE opened a new soft play area at Huddersfield-based Forget Me Not Children’s Hospice.

The rugby union World Cup winner cut the ribbon on the play area at Russell House, funded by rugby charity Wooden Spoon.

Jason, a star of both codes of rugby, said: “It’s a huge honour to be opening this space. I’m a local lad and felt it was really important to support in this way.

“Just to see the kids now enjoying the soft play area is fantastic. Anything that can be done to make life and experiences better for the children and families is certainly to be commended.”

Gareth Pierce, chief executive at Forget Me Not, said: “Transforming this under-used room in Russell House into an area where children of all abilities can play and have fun safely has been something we’ve wanted to do for a long time.

“Many of the children we support can’t use public play areas so they can miss out on a chance to explore independently in a fun safe space. With hoists and the other equipment we have built in, this is perfect for them.

“We’re incredibly grateful to our partner, Wooden Spoon, for helping us make this a reality.”

Stuart Watson, chair of Wooden Spoon West Yorkshire Branch, said: “At Wooden Spoon, the whole objective of our fundraising is to put fun into the lives of children and this is clearly going to do that, so I’m delighted with this project. It really warms my heart.”