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Darts World Champion Luke Humphries reveals incredible gesture for Rob Burrow

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On Sunday, the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon will take place for a second year with the feat of endurance named in recognition of the Leeds Rhinos ‘ legend and now a darting star has offered more support to the cause.

Darts is fast becoming one of the nation’s most supported sports with the Premier League of Darts regularly clashing with Super League fixtures on Thursday evenings, something that has seen Super League booted from Sky Sports Main Event to the broadcasters’ lesser channels.

One of the reasons for the huge upsurge in darting fans is teen sensation Luke Littler who himself has namechecked Rob Burrow as an inspiration and someone whom he represents with the teen showcasing the MND Association logo on his playing shirt.

Littler’s rise to stardom came when he made it to the final of the World Championships in January, on debut and aged 16. However, he fell short in that final to current world number one Luke Humphries who has now thrown more support and brought more eyeballs to the plight of Rob Burrow.

Darts World Champion’s touching tribute to Rob Burrow

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Rob Burrow is a rugby league icon and since his diagnosis with Motor Neurone Disease, the rugby league community has showered him with love and support. Super League have even gone as far as to name the Player of the Match Award in the Grand Final as the Rob Burrow Award, changing it from the Harry Sunderland Trophy.

He’s been aided in that plight by former teammate and best mate Kevin Sinfield who has accomplished mammoth feats to help fundraise with the rest of the general public joining the rugby league community in supporting the cause.

The general public has now been further reminded of that cause by darts star Luke Humphries who made an incredibly generous offer after winning night 15 of the Premier League last night in Leeds.

Humphries, born in Berkshire, is a lifelong Leeds United fan and the 29-year-old was keen to show off his colours with a rebranded shirt and a new walk-on song from Leeds-based band Kaiser Chiefs.

Upon winning and when asked about the new shirt, Humphries explained: “The shirt’s not here to stay,” before revealing his incredible intentions to support Rob Burrow.

He added: “This was just a special one for the crowd. Obviously, I’m going to raffle this off for the Rob Burrow Foundation for charity.

“I don’t know whether we’ll do it as a raffle or auction but I want to do something towards Leeds and Rob Burrow, that would be fantastic.”

It’s a brilliant gesture and given how fanatic both darts and rugby league fans are, it’s a shirt that could well draw some serious funds for the Rob Burrow Foundation.

A hospital in Leeds named after the ex-Leeds Rhinos playmaker is being built with funds still being raised to complete that, a brilliant cause that will hopefully be boosted massively across this weekend with fundraising from the marathon.

As referenced, Humphries isn’t the only darting star to show support for Rob Burrow with Luke Littler donning the MND Association Logo on his shirt throughout the course of the season.

Information on how to donate to the Rob Burrow Centre for MND can be found here.

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