Leeds Rhinos’ legend Kevin Sinfield comments on the £50 million MND update

Kevin Sinfield has been one of the biggest fundraisers and advocates for Motor Neurone Disease and he’s spoken today about the fact that Health Secretary Steve Barclay has confirmed how and where the promised £50 million will be allocated.

Sinfield’s former teammate Rob Burrow was diagnosed with the disease in December 2019 and has campaigned ever since, pairing up with other sportsmen such as Doddie Weir, who sadly passed away earlier last month.

Burrow has been aided by Sinfield who has completed the incredible feat of a ‘7 in 7 Ultra’ among many other fundraising efforts where his accomplishments and the generosity of the rugby league community helped to raise millions of pounds.

After huge pressure the government has finally confirmed plans for the funding that was announced in November 2021.

Health and Social Care Secretary Steve Barclay has confirmed that he will set out plans to release the funding.

He said on Twitter: “I will set out our plans to cut red tape and accelerate the allocation of £50 million in funding for MND research, to make breakthroughs in finding a cure and improving treatments.”

Sinfield made comments to the BBC: “Like everyone else, I welcome this development and hope it is the start of further progress in the years ahead.

“The funding of vital research gives the MND community hope for the future and I know every penny will be spent wisely in the search for a cure to this cruel disease,” he added.

The former Rhinos captain was just last week announced the at the Sports Journalist Association as the JL Manning award winner which recognised the brilliant off field achievements of those in sport.

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