Rob Burrow Honored with MBE Award for Service to Rugby and Motor Neurone Disease Awareness | Rugby League News


Rob Burrow: “Mostly it means that MND continues to be talked about and stays in the public eye. I’m blown away by the response my diagnosis has had and hope the MND community knows it’s all for she. ”

Last update: 05/04/22 21:07

Rob Burrow received his MBE at Windsor Castle alongside his wife Lindsey

Rob Burrow has described his shock at being appointed MBE by the Princess Royal for his services to rugby and raising awareness of motor neurone disease.

Burrow, 39, had an illustrious playing career with the Leeds Rhinos. He won eight Grand Finals and 20 international caps before retiring from the sport in 2017. He was later diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2019.

Since her diagnosis, Burrow has openly shared her life and advocated for all those affected by the disease.

Burrow attended the Investiture at Windsor Castle and received her MBE award from the Princess Royal, who is an MND patron.

“I’m shocked to accept the MBE award, it’s not something that was on my list of things I wanted to achieve but I’m absolutely honored to receive this award,” said Burrow, who is now speaking via computer .

“It’s also a great opportunity for my family. Any excuse to see my wife get dressed, she deserves it for the wonderful support she gives me and our family. I hope ‘she will appreciate the opportunity like me.

“I have always enjoyed providing my loved ones with an experience like no other. It allows my Lindsey to escape from the normal day-to-day management of caring for me.

“I’m so proud to receive this because of my rugby and the awareness of MND.

“It mostly means that MND continues to be talked about and stays in the public eye. I’m blown away by the response my diagnosis has had and hope the MND community knows it’s all for them.”

Chris James of the MND Association joined the former player and his family at Windsor Castle and said Rob’s efforts had encouraged others to raise money for the charity.

He said: “I think what Rob has been able to do is incredibly brave, to live his journey with MND in the public eye the way he did. He’s done a tremendous amount to raise awareness about MND which is a disease that doesn’t get as much attention as other diseases.

“We know that directly as a result of Rob’s outreach, the MND charity raised over £4million as a result of this.”

Sally Light, executive director of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, echoed James’ sentiments.

“Rob has selflessly chosen to share his journey with MND with the world, which has inspired people to do all they can to help find a cure for this brutal disease.

“We are incredibly proud to have Rob as a patron of the MND Association and I would like to extend my heartfelt congratulations to Rob and his family on this special day.”




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