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Kevin Sinfield Downplays Knighthood Calls After His MND Fundraiser For Rob Burrow

Kevin Sinfield downplays the knighthood talk after running an incredible 101 MILES in just 24 hours … with the former rugby star’s latest fundraiser for MND charities in support of his friend Rob Burrow surpassing 1.5 MILLION pounds


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Kevin Sinfield has played down words that he deserves a knighthood, insisting that the government should focus on continuing to fund research into motor neuron diseases.

Calls have risen for the man nicknamed ‘Sir Kev’ by Leeds Rhinos fans to officially receive that title after he raised more than £ 1.5 million in the fight against MND by running 101 miles in 24 hours.

Boxing legend Frank Bruno said he hoped the honors committee ‘has been following what Kevin has done’, while Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham said: ‘To the powers that be in this country … I know a lot people want to see that and here those immortal words, “Arise Sir Kevin.”

Sinfield received an OBE in the summer after raising over £ 2.7 million in support of his former teammate and suffered from MND Rob Burrow last year by running seven marathons in seven days.

But when asked about being promoted to a ‘sir’ after his latest fundraising exploits, the Leicester Tigers coach said: ‘It’s really good, but I’d rather the government keep funding MND and try to find a cure.

‘It’s not about that (honors). The big driver is the Rob Burrow Care Center in Leeds. It is very important to all of us. The sooner we can open it, the better.

Kevin Sinfield (right) refused to accommodate any talk of being awarded knighthood in the new year after he raised over £ 1.5 million for the MND Association and Hospitals charity from Leeds.

Kevin Sinfield (right) refused to accommodate any talk of being awarded knighthood in the new year after he raised over £ 1.5 million for the MND Association and Hospitals charity from Leeds.

Former rugby star Sinfield ran almost four marathons in total in just 24 hours

Former rugby star Sinfield ran almost four marathons in total in just 24 hours

Former rugby star Sinfield ran almost four marathons in total in just 24 hours

Sinfield heads to Outwood Primary Academy from Leicester and Leeds on Tuesday

Sinfield heads to Outwood Primary Academy from Leicester and Leeds on Tuesday

Sinfield heads to Outwood Primary Academy from Leicester and Leeds on Tuesday

What is motor neuron disease?

Motor neuron disease is a rare condition that primarily affects people between the ages of 60 and 70, but it can affect adults of all ages.

It is caused by a problem with cells in the brain and nerves called motor neurons. These cells gradually stop working over time. It is not known why this happens.

Having a close relative with a motor neuron disease or related condition called frontotemporal dementia can sometimes mean that you are more likely to get it. But it is not inherited in most cases.

Early symptoms may include ankle or leg weakness, such as difficulty climbing stairs; slurred speech, trouble swallowing, weak grip, and gradual weight loss

If you have these symptoms, you should see a GP. They will consider other possible conditions and may refer you to a specialist called a neurologist if necessary.

If a close relative has motor neuron disease or frontotemporal dementia and you are concerned that they may be at risk for it, they may refer you to a genetic counselor to discuss your risk and what tests they can perform.

Source: NHS UK

Sinfield completed his run from Leicester to Leeds in 24 hours on Tuesday morning and admitted Wednesday that he was “a bit broken, but it was worth every step.”

Attention is already turning to another fundraising challenge next year and he said BBC breakfast: ‘We will go again. It is quite difficult to think of something and be creative that attracts people, but we will be back. ”

Sinfield’s journey from Leicester to Leeds was divided into seven-kilometer segments.

In December 2020, Sinfield helped raise more than £ 2.7 million by running seven marathons in seven days.

Burrow, married to teenage girlfriend Lindsey and father of Macy, nine, Maya, six, and Jackson, two, was diagnosed with motor neuron disease in 2019 and had only two years to live.

The Rugby League legend, now in a wheelchair, was at the finish line Tuesday with his wife and eldest daughter, Macy, joining Sinfield to take the final steps of their challenge at Headingley Field.

The ordeal left Sinfield physically ill and he has been urged to reduce his reckless exploits.

Sinfield was unable to speak to the waiting reporters as he was taken away immediately after completing his engagements with the BBC’s Breakfast Show.

“ It is actually nothing short of a miracle, ” Geoff Burrow said. [Rob’s dad]. He is a superhuman.

‘I said before this that you’ve done enough. I think this is the best, I don’t think I should try something like this again. But who knows with Kevin?

“We have all been part of a great family since the famous Leeds team achieved what they achieved, he is like another son to me. Your mom and dad must be so proud that it is beyond words.

“It is difficult to assimilate. Although we all knew he would, the main thing is that Kevin took care of himself.

“Money is great, but nowhere is it as important as Kevin’s health. But he has, I don’t know how.

Sinfield crosses Long Row in Nottingham city center on Monday as part of a grueling challenge

Sinfield crosses Long Row in Nottingham city center on Monday as part of a grueling challenge

Sinfield crosses Long Row in Nottingham city center on Monday as part of a grueling challenge

Sinfield gives a thumbs up to the 1,000 fans who were on his old turf to cheer him home

Sinfield gives a thumbs up to the 1,000 fans who were on his old turf to cheer him home

Sinfield gives a thumbs up to the 1,000 fans who were on his old turf to cheer him home

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