Kevin Sinfield's Extra Mile challenge raises over £2m for MND
26 November 2021
On Monday 22nd November, Kevin Sinfield set off on his epic 101-mile challenge to support people living with MND, inspired by his close friend and former teammate Rob Burrow. And the leader of the MND service in Leeds, Dr Agam Jung, was there with an MND sufferer to ring the bell.
A patron of the MND Association, Kevin has already raised significant funds for the charity, and this time chose to split the fundraising amount in half, with over £1m donated to help build The Rob Burrow Centre for MND.
'The Extra Mile' challenge took in over 101 miles in 24 hours, from Leicester Tigers Stadium, where Kevin is defence coach, to the Leeds Rhinos Stadium in Headingley. Supported throughout the the run by a team that included Leeds Rhinos, Leeds Beckett University, the MND Association and Leeds Hospitals Charity, Kevin was greeted by cheers from hundreds of supporters as he arrived at Headingley Stadium with Rob's wife Lindsey and eldest daughter Macy on the 23rd November.
In an interview with BBC Breakfast, Kevin said, "The big driver is the Rob Burrow Care Centre in Leeds. It's really important to all of us."
In a message on his vocal recorder, Rob Burrow praised his friend's incredible fundraising efforts:
"Today is an amazing day for the MND community. It will benefit every sufferer. To my amazing friend Kev, you don’t realise the impact you have had on me and all the MND community."
All of the money raised through Kevin's challenge 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.