The events of 2020 may have turned all our lives upside down, but MND supporters like you have continued to give their all. We’re so grateful for every single donation made to support our work and people living with MND.
Blinking Brilliant Phil
Just months after breaking the Guinness World Record for the full marathon wheelchair push with his friend Marcus Green, Phil Rossall completed his most ambitious challenge.
During lockdown, Phil was determined to continue raising money. He decided to virtually climb Mount Everest – blinking 58,070 times to represent the number of steps it takes to reach the summit. Ever deadpan, Phil described his monolithic effort. “I can no longer do climbing. I can’t even climb stairs. So I did the third best thing, replacing steps with blinks. Take my word for it, my ascent was more arduous than tens of thousands of steps would be for someone able bodied and sane!”
So far Phil and his team of fundraising family and friends have raised more than £18,000 for the MND Association. He is currently blinking his way from John O’Groats to Lands end!
Teaming up against MND
Former Leeds Rhinos scrum-half, Rob Burrow MBE, was diagnosed with MND in December 2019. Since then,
he and his former teammate Kevin ‘Sir Kev’ Sinfield MBE have maintained a herculean fundraising drive.
Rob made 2020 his official ‘year of fundraising’. In that time he raised more than £130K and made the BBC documentary “Rob Burrow: My Year with MND” to raise awareness too.
And legendary Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin undertook the massive challenge of running seven marathons in seven days in support of his friend. At the time of writing, Kevin had raised £2.5m more than his original target to support Rob and the MND Association!
Thank you to Rob, Kevin and everyone involved in supporting their superhuman efforts!