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Rugby League Legend Kevin Sinfield completed his Extra Mile Challenge raising money and awareness of motor neurone disease

Kevin Sinfield OBE completed his Extra Mile Challenge at Headingley Stadium in front of hundreds of fans, players, friends and family and was welcomed back by the man who inspired it all, his friend and former team mate, Rob Burrow MBE.

After raising over £2.7 million through his first fundraising effort to raise funds for the MND community in December 2020, Kevin has added to that with his latest challenge. The former England captain, who joined the coaching staff at Premiership Rugby Union side Leicester Tigers earlier this year, completed his run from Leicester’s home at Mattioli Woods Welford Road to Emerald Headingley Stadium in Leeds in just 24 hours.

Kevin’s initial target for The Extra Mile Challenge was to raise £100,000, however his total currently stands at just over £1.5 million. This challenge, inspired by his friend and former team mate Rob Burrow, was planned to cover 100 miles but the actual final distance covers 101 miles with Sinfield once again proving he will always go the ‘extra mile’ for Rob.

Kevin Sinfield - The Extra Mile ChallengeYour support will be split equally between the Leeds Hospitals Charity appeal to build the Rob Burrow Centre for MND supporting people living with MND and their families, and the MND Association which funds multi-disciplinary care delivered at the Centre and others across the country, as well as research into potential treatments for the disease.

Councillor Asghar Khan, Lord Mayor of Leeds said:

“I have chosen to support the Leeds Hospitals Charity during my mayoral year as I am aware of all the vital work they do to make life easier for all patients and also for over 20,000 staff working across our local NHS hospitals.

“I am delighted to hear that Kevin has chosen the charity as one of the beneficiaries from his challenge – I’m sure everyone involved will be willing him on and wishing him all the very best as he tackles those final, tiring miles through the city en route to Headingley.”

Tom Riordan, chief executive of Leeds City Council said:

“Kevin and Rob are both hugely inspirational characters who are admired by people across Leeds and beyond. Kevin’s determination to go the extra mile for Rob was clear during last year’s seven-in-seven marathon challenge, and it’s fantastic to see him pulling on his running shoes once again.”

Former Leeds Rhinos scrum-half Rob Burrow was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in December 2019, just two years after ending his playing career by captaining Leeds to a record-extending eighth Super League Grand Final.

Rob is one of an estimated 5,000 adults in the UK currently living with motor neurone disease. Every day, an average of six people are diagnosed with MND. The MND Association focuses on improving access to care, funding research, and campaigning for those people living with, or affected by, MND.

Rob Burrow

The documentary Rob Burrow: My Year with MND narrated by BBC Breakfast presenter Sally Nugent shared Rob’s journey since diagnosis. In the programme Rob shows the same spirit that made him a hugely-admired rugby league star, as he campaigns selflessly to raise awareness of MND. The programme also followed Rob’s wife Lindsey as she completed the Three Peaks Challenge, and featured moving interviews with Rob, Lindsey, his parents and close friends – including former team-mates Kevin Sinfield and Barrie McDermott.

To Rob, and his family, thank you for bravely sharing your story, for raising awareness of MND, and for allowing the world to see how motor neurone disease affects thousands of families in the UK, every single day. In recognition of their incredible efforts in support of the Motor Neurone Disease community, we are delighted to announce that both Rob Burrow MBE and Kevin Sinfield OBE have been invited to join the MND Association as patrons.

MND Association Chief Executive Sally Light said:

“The strength, courage and friendship shown by both men over the last 18 months has captured the heart of a nation, not just the MND community, and has resulted in a huge increase in awareness of motor neurone disease, and vital support for our work. It has been a privilege to work with them over the last 18 months and we are very much looking forward to developing that relationship in their new role as patrons.”

Rob Burrow FamilyMotor Neurone Disease Association: The MND Association focuses on improving access to care, research and campaigning for those people living with or affected by MND in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

We improve care and support for people with MND, their families and carers and fund and promote research that leads to new understanding and treatments, and brings us closer to a cure for MND. We also campaign and raise awareness so the needs of people with MND and everyone who cares for them are recognised and addressed by wider society. Our vision is a world free from MND. To find out more visit www.mndassociation.org

Leeds Hospitals Charity: As the charity of Leeds Teaching Hospitals, we provide support for eight areas which include Leeds General Infirmary, Leeds Children’s Hospital, Leeds Cancer Centre, St James’s University Hospital, Chapel Allerton Hospital, Seacroft Hospital, Wharfdale Hospital and Leeds Dental Institute.

We support NHS staff to deliver the best care for over a million patients and their families each year. Working with local communities, schools and businesses across the city and beyond, each year we provide £5 million in additional funding for Leeds Teaching Hospitals Trust.

Through generous donations we have funded life saving equipment, research fellowships, state-of-the-art technology and improvements to the patient environment. Every penny donated to Leeds Hospitals Charity helps to support the hard-working staff at our hospitals and enhance the experience of patients and their families.

Making a donation is fast, easy and secure thanks to Give as you Live Donate. They’ll take your donation and pass it onto Leeds Hospitals Charity and Motor Neurone Disease Association www.donate.giveasyoulive.com or donate £3 by texting the word Kevin to 70143. Thank You.

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