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Premier League legend and his club bring millions of eyes to Kevin Sinfield’s MND challenge

Kevin Sinfield is on day six of his epic challenge with the former Leeds Rhinos man tackling his sixth marathon in six days, the penultimate leg taking place in Brighton.

Sinfield has already conquered York, Birmingham, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin before tackling London tomorrow. In each city he’s had incredible support but today’s support has come in the shape of Premier League club Brighton Hove Albion and one of their star players.

That man in question is Premier League legend James Milner who started his career back at Leeds. Milner is a Leeds lad and still has strong ties to the city which is no wonder he’s put his support behind Sinfield and his incredible fundraising efforts.

Milner is in his first season at Brighton after spending the past 13 seasons at Manchester City and Liverpool where he has won a total of three Premier Leagues, two FA Cups, two League Cups and a Champions League trophy as well.

Leg six of Sinfield’s challenge saw him set off from Brighton’s Amex Stadium and both the club and Milner have now thrown their support behind the Leeds legend on social media. With a combined 2.8 million followers that could be monumental in the efforts to hit the fundraising goal of £777,777.

Only last week did Sinfield explain the impact that Premier League footballers have had on his charitable efforts, he referenced their huge profile after visiting Old Trafford last week prior to commencing his challenge.

He specially namechecked Milner too, stating: “It was really, really humbling to be at Manchester United on Wednesday and speak to players and staff and coaches about the work we’ve done. They’d seen it, they fully understand and are aware of what MND is and what it does now and that shows some of the impacts of what we’ve been able to do.

“Premiership footballers get a hard time but there’s some good people there who support and I’ll give an example, James Milner has been a massive supporter of what we’ve done years.

“He’s at Brighton now but during his time at Liverpool as well and certainly when we do the Brighton leg, James’ support and being part of the Darby Rimmer Foundation has been really important.”

Sinfield is raising money for Motor Neurone Disease, a neurological condition that his former Rhinos teammate Rob Burrow was diagnosed with almost four years ago in late December 2019.

Since that diagnosis the rugby league family led by Sinfield have helped raise money and awareness, and only this week was their a hugely positive update on the Rob Burrow Care Centre for MND.

Funds raised have gone into the planning and building of the centre with the latest update coming from Rob’s Dad Geoff who explained that the process has taken “a massive step towards opening”.

For information on Sinfield’s challenge and how to donate, click here.

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