A thoroughbred racehorse has been named after Rob Burrow to raise money for the Leeds legend’s motor neurone disease Fight Back Fund.
Burrow Seven is a fundraising campaign for Burrow which is set up to raise money for the MND Association by inviting the public to become a member of an exclusive Burrow Seven Racing Club set up in honour of the former Leeds and Great Britain half-back.
Memberships to the Burrow Seven Racing Club will be sold allowing the public to be part of a special journey building Burrow’s legacy. Memberships cost £59 and people can join the club by visiting burrowseven.com. All profits from membership sales of the Racing Club will go to the MND Association.
The Burrow Seven fundraiser has been made possible thanks to the support of former rugby league player and close friend to Rob, Barrie McDermott, who is now an ambassador for the campaign.
McDermott said: “It’s hard to come up with ideas for fundraising events in an era of Covid but we think we’ve hit upon something original, inclusive and exciting with Burrow Seven.
“Rob was a thoroughbred on the pitch. No one could match his speed. He was consistently a front runner for the match winning try and always a banker for man of the match.”
Burrow met the racehorse for the first time on November 2 at Burrow Seven’s training yard in Leyburn, North Yorkshire. He was accompanied by Barrie and his mother and father, Irene and Geoff.
Burrow said: “I’m a bit overwhelmed. I’ve been excited about this fundraising campaign for some time but meeting this magnificent racehorse was something else.
“I’m really honoured to have him named after me and I can’t wait to see him in his first race. Thank you to everyone who supports the MND Association by taking part. Research is the key to cure this disease. Together we can do it.”
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