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Barrie McDermott set to take part in dancing ball for Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow

It’s the news that everyone wanted but didn’t know it – Barrie McDermott will be taking part in Rob Burrow’s new initiative, Strictly Come Dancing.

It will all be in the name of the MND Association as Burrow continues to try and raise as much money as possible against the horrific disease, recruiting a number of celebrities to pick up their dancing shoes and get on that wooden floor.

The event is being set up by Jo and Claire – who are Rob’s sisters – and of course they are raising money for the Rob Burrow Centre for MND.

Burrow’s battle against Motor Neurone Disease and his subsequent fight to raise as much money as possible has largely fallen on the shoulders of long-term friend Kevin Sinfield who not only completed seven marathons in seven days but ran 101 miles in just 24 hours, raising over £4 million in total.

However, there have been a number of other people who have tried to help the MND cause, with the likes of Martyn Clarke, who successfully completed seven half-Ironman challenges in seven days.

An Ironman challenge consists of a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a marathon 26.22-mile run, raced in that order.

Of course, Clarke did half of that which consisted of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile cycle and 13.1-mile run.

Clarke did that a remarkable seven times, consecutively, to raise money for Rob Burrow and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Meanwhile, the blueprint for the new state-of-the art Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease in Leeds has been revealed by architects.

The first concept designs have been released and were presented to the Leeds hero and his family who could not be happier of the plans.

It’s a huge development in the project and shows how the centre will include a central courtyard garden, large internal rooms as well as shared spaces for patients and their families and carers to relax before, during and after treatments.

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