New Year Honour for Rob Burrow

Rob Burrow holding rugby ball

Rugby league’s Rob Burrow has been awarded an MBE in The Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.

The former Leeds Rhino number 7 has been recognised ‘for services to rugby and motor neurone disease (MND) awareness during Covid 19’ following his diagnosis with the disease in December 2019.

The honour comes at the end of a year which has seen Rob inspire thousands of supporters to raise money and awareness for the MND Association. Most recently his former captain Kevin Sinfield raised more than £2.6 million with his 7 in 7 challenge which saw him running 26.2 miles every day for an entire week. Rob, his wife Lindsey and their children were able to cheer Kev over the finish line.

Chris James, Director of External Affairs at the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND Association), said: “We are absolutely delighted for Rob. In the last year, his commitment to rugby league has been mirrored by his commitment to raising awareness of this brutal disease. He has inspired so many people by sharing his own journey, just as he did on the pitch. The awareness, funds and support that have been raised as a result will continue to resonate through the MND community and the work that the MND Association does.”

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