Rob Burrow’s heart warming acceptance speech after receiving award from Prime Minister

For the second day in a row Rob Burrow has been awarded a huge reward on Tuesday.

Today the Leeds Rhinos legend received the 2000th Point of Light award presented to him by Prime Minister Rishi Sunak

Points of Light is an international nonprofit, nonpartisan organization headquartered in Georgia, United States dedicated to engaging more people and resources in solving serious social problems through voluntary service.

The eight time Super League Champion received the award for his work to fight MND after his diagnosis.

This comes after he won an award at the Sports Journalism Awards last night.

The documentary following the life of the Rugby League legend aired at the end of last year during the World Cup.

Called ‘Rob Burrow: Living with MND’, the half hour documentary follows the award-winning documentary called ‘Rob Burrow: My year with MND’ and now the same team behind that documentary take an intimate look at his life now.

Since he was diagnosed, Burrow has defied the odds, becoming an ambassador for all those impacted by the disease, while inspiring vital fundraising with the love and support of Rob’s family, friends and the wider Rugby League community.

The documentary shows how the disease impacts his wife, Lindsey, their three young children Macy (10), Maya (7), and Jackson (3), his parents Geoff and Irene, as well as former teammate at Leeds Rhinos, Kevin Sinfield OBE, who has raised millions for MND research.

Rob is shown at some of his most intimate and vulnerable moments in this story of courage and never giving up, with those around him also showing incredible strength and bravery.

Unsurprisingly after what was a moving insight into his and his family’s battle, the documentary has won an award at tonight’s Sports Journalism Awards.

It was crowned Television Documentary of the Year Monday night.

After those two days and picking up the second award from Rishi Sunak, Burrow said:

“I would like to thank the Prime Minister for this award and also the £50 million commitment by his government for MND research. I know the first £30 million is already making a huge difference and I hope that the remaining £20 million will be available as soon as possible, as time is not a luxury that the MND community have.

“I would like to accept this award on behalf of my fellow 5,000 people with MND in this country, and ask the Prime Minister that when he stands in the House of Commons and sees the MPs that he imagines six more people behind those 650, each with the worst possible diagnosis in front of them.

“When he does that and makes the very important decisions that his office demands I would ask him to do it with compassion for each of those people, because as my good friend Kevin Sinfield says ‘this country cares’.

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