The former two-time TNA X-Division Champion is the charity’s first ever pro wrestling Ambassador and joins Matt Smith, Keira Knightley, Rupert Grint and Sienna Miller as a Starlight Ambassador.
Commenting on becoming an Ambassador, Spud said: “When Starlight approached me to become an Ambassador it dawned on me that this is the first time a professional wrestler born in the United Kingdom has been given such an amazing opportunity to work with a charity like Starlight, who grant wishes for terminally ill children across the UK. The best gift this industry has given me is the ability to put smiles on people's faces. Professional wrestling gives children a window to forget all of life's problems, live vicariously through their heroes on the screen and express their emotions.
“I have seen first hand how much of an impact a Starlight Wish can have on a seriously ill child; it really does make a massive difference to them and their family. I am so proud to be able to call myself a Starlight Ambassador and I'm excited about the possibilities this partnership will bring.”
Starlight and TNA Wrestling have already worked together on four projects over the last year, with children meeting wrestling heroes and international superstars including Rockstar Spud, Jeff Hardy, Matt Hardy and Drew Galloway.
In his ambassadorial role, Birmingham-born Rockstar Spud will help grant wishes, attend Starlight’s Escape Days and encourage more TNA Stars and other wrestlers to support the charity.
Neil Swan, Chief Executive of Starlight Children’s Foundation, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Rockstar Spud on board as an Ambassador. It is fabulous to have someone as passionate and dedicated to our cause as Rockstar Spud. He really is a true role model to so many of our Starlight children and we sincerely look forward to working with him.”
(Thanks to Adam Davey and V2 Wrestling)