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Leeds politician set to fundraise for MND receives Rob Burrow’s endorsement

We’ve seen plenty of amazing charity work this year from those in and around the rugby league community with the most notable efforts being those of Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow with the former raising over £7 million for research into Motor Neurone Disease, something which Burrow has fought for three years and raised huge awareness about, so much so that a local politician of Burrow’s beloved Leeds is set to fundraise in his name.

As recognition of the brilliant work that the two former Leeds Rhinos’ men have done Burrow was awarded the Helen Rollason Award at Sports Personality of the Year, awarded for ‘outstanding achievement in the face of adversity’ which is named in memory of BBC journalist Helen who also raised money in the face of her cancer diagnosis.

Sinfield too was granted a special award for his brilliant efforts which have seen over £7 million raised as part of his 7 in 7 Ultra Marathon challenge among with all his other endeavours.

Inspired by Sinfield’s running and by Burrow’s inspirational fight in the face of such adversity a Headingley councillor is set to run three marathons in 30 days to raise money for research into MND.

Jonathon Pryor tweeted his intentions to run and raise money for the development of the Rob Burrow Centre for MND, which is being built using funds initially secured by Sinfield’s fundraising.

According to Pryor’s Twitter he is the ‘Headingley & Hyde Park Councillor & Deputy Leader of Leeds City Council’ which highlights the spirit that Burrow and Sinfield have inspired into their city, a city that only last week the pair were granted ‘Freedom of’ in recognition of their brilliant campaigning.

Burrow has now shared Pryor’s initial announcement tweet and that’ll be sure to inspire the local politician to complete his task given Burrow’s almost God like status in the city.

The last marathon in question that Pryor will run is actually the one named after the great man himself, with Leeds marathon being named the Rob Burrow Leeds marathon with both Burrow and Sinfield set to complete the course alongside over 10,000 people after the sign-up goal of 7,777 in honour of Burrow’s shirt number was smashed.

In the season of giving it’s brilliant to see people are still set to campaign and raise money and awareness for the disease that Burrow has been fighting since December 2019.

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