It’s been announced that initial works on the Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease will begin following the huge fundraising efforts of former teammate and best mate Kevin Sinfield.
The Centre is set to be constructed at Seacroft Hospital site in Leeds, the city where Burrow made his name as a legend of the game.
Sinfield completed his 7 in 7 ultra marathon challenge where he completed seven ultra marathons in seven days all in aid of raising money and awareness for MND.
Motor Neurone Disease is currently an incurable disease but it is hoped that with the creation of this centre in Leeds and the ongoing efforts of Sinfield to help to raise funds, that it will one day be curable.
Burrow and his wife Lindsey were in attendance alongside Rob’s parents to witness the initial moment where work started, with demolition planned to enable the Centre to be built.
Leeds Hospitals Charity announced via tweet that work had begun.
“This morning we joined @RobBurrow7 and his wife Lindsey at Seacroft Hospital to mark to start of an exciting journey to build the new Rob Burrow Centre for #mnd.”
It is reported by the Wakefield Express that the site at Seacroft where the Centre is set to be built was the initial choice, and now that funds directly from Sinfield’s challenge have been raised work can finally begin.
The leading consultant at Seacroft Hospital, Dr Agam Jung said: “This is an exciting moment.”
“The ethos of the Leeds MND Service of enabling MND patients to ‘live in the now’ will be reflected in the build.
“The vision is to provide hope and optimism and set standards of MND Care delivery nationally.”
The fundraising goal had been set at £5m but with the recent efforts of Sinfield and his team of support runners, the figure has passed £3m which signifies the start of the build.
This morning we joined @Rob7Burrow & his wife Lindsey at Seacroft Hospital to mark the start of an exciting journey to build the new Rob Burrow Centre for #MND. This vital project can only happen with your help so please donate to help us make the centre a reality 💜 pic.twitter.com/ZJQCXuYqA5
— Leeds Hospitals Charity (@LDShospcharity) November 25, 2022
Esther Wakeman, Leeds Hospitals Charity executive, spoke on the efforts of Sinfield and the generosity of those who donated.
“We’re hugely grateful to everyone who supported Kevin Sinfield on his Ultra Challenge last week and we are now £1m closer to our fundraising target. This is an incredible effort.”