Leeds Rhinos legend Rob Burrow makes important visit to secure future

Leeds Rhinos legends Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield have been active in recent days, visiting the site where the Rob Burrow Centre for MND will be built at Leeds Hospitals.

All in all, the Leeds Hospitals Charity have raised nearly £2.5 million which is almost half of the target.

Both men have been extremely active in fundraising for MND ever since Burrow was diagnosed with the horrific disease back in November 2019.

Sinfield ran seven marathons in seven days raising £3 million for MND charities, going the extra mile for his former teammate ever since his diagnosis back in late 2019 and the two have provided hope to so many people with the platform the two have created.

The ex-Rhinos captain went on to run 100 miles in 24 hours which is the equivalent of four marathons back-to-back with no sleep. He ran from his new club Leicester Tigers’ Welford Road Stadium all the way to Leeds’ Emerald Headingley Stadium.

Meanwhile, Rob Burrow’s father, Geoff, has taken to Twitter to outline his disgust at the government decision not to release the money promised in the Chancellor’s budget.

Chancellor Rishi Sunak revealed his new budget for the financial season in April, but Burrow’s campaign to raise £50 million over five years in government spending has yet to be given any sort of financial support.

Geoff tweeted: “I am absolutely disgusted that NO MONEY has been received of the £50 million over 5 years for MND !!! Government and Health Minister should hang their heads in shame. Was the “promise” just a cruel sick lie ? Give us the money PLEASE.”

It’s been a long journey so far for Rob, but his sisters, Jo and Claire, remember that day of Rob’s diagnosis vividly.

For Joanne, remembering that fateful day when the family received the news of Rob’s diagnosis will live with her forever: “I remember my mum just cried out straight away, my dad fell to the floor,” Joanne told the Yorkshire Evening Post.

“He was just devastated and I went into overdrive, picked my dad up and phoned Claire. Rob was on his way back and we came together as a family.

Claire added: “It was six days before Christmas and he said for the kids we have to carry on, let’s just have a nice Christmas. That night he messaged dad and said ‘there will be no tears, stay positive and that is how we will deal with it’ and that is what we have done. He was not moping around and carried on as normal. He would go mad if he saw us upset, he would tell us off.”

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