Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow latest as his sisters provide update

It will likely be one of the funniest and most entertaining nights of the calendar year as Rob Burrow and his family gear up for the Strictly Come Dancing Burrow ball.

November 2019 is a day that will forever be etched in the hearts of minds of the rugby league fraternity.

Rob Burrow, Leeds Rhinos, England and Great Britain legend, was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease after hanging up his boots in 2017.

Burrow’s family have been willing to document the hardships surrounding the disease as well as helping to drive the fundraising attempts for research into MND.

Now, Rob’s sisters, Claire and Jo, have set up a dancing event in the style of Strictly Come Dancing in a bid to raise over £100,000 which will go towards the £5 million needed for the Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease in Leeds.

A star-studded line up – including former Leeds prop Barrie McDermott – will don their dancing shoes for the night on March 19, which will feature a dinner, raffle and auction and of course, dancing.

“Rob is really looking forward to it,” Joanne told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“I hope he will be laughing so much all the way through it.

“It will be such a fun night.”

The sisters have previously put on similar Strictly themed charity events, but the scale of this ball supercedes them by far.

“We are nervous heading in to the last week to be honest,” Joanne continued.

“We wanted to make sure as many people as possible were aware of the ball.

“The support we have received has been unbelievable.

“The idea originally was we would get Rob to ask some of his rugby friends and he started messaging people.

“People can’t say no to Rob, many would say ‘how could I not do it?!’

“It has been amazing.”

Since The Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease appeal launched in September 2021, £1.6 million has been raised from across the world.

The Centre will see all MND services housed under one roof for the first time, with patients able to access a range of holistic support tailored to their needs, from speech and language therapy, to diet and nutrition advice, and physiotherapy.

Comperes for the evening include BBC Look North’s Tanya Arnold and TV presenter, Helen Skelton. Dancers include football coach and former player Brian Deane, Leeds Rhinos Legend Barrie McDermott, and Leeds Hospitals Charity’s ambassador, TV’s Dr Amir Khan, amongst others.

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