Kevin Sinfield has raised more than £2million for his good friend Rob Burrow and MND Association.
On Monday, the Leeds Rhinos director of rugby completed his challenge of running seven marathons in seven days in support of his friend and former team-mate Burrow.
Sinfield’s original target was to raise £77,777 for the MND Association and Burrow, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2019.
The tally had passed £1.1m when he completed his challenge but it has since rocketed to more than £2m.
HE'S DONE IT AGAIN 🥳 £2,000,000!
No, that's not a typo. Kevin Sinfield has now reached the £2,000,000 milestone.
It's truly incredible. We cannot thank Kevin and everyone that has donated enough. This is going to make a real difference.
— MND Association (@mndassoc) December 8, 2020
Speaking on Monday after completing his marathon challenge, Sinfield said he was “massively surprised and just blown away by the support”.
He said: “When we set out on Tuesday morning for the first one, we were at about £40,000 I think. We set a target of £77,777 and we were a little bit concerned that we may not hit it. And then suddenly it just started to roll in.
“The support has been incredible. Rob’s felt it. I get a text off him every night (to say) how grateful they are of what this team have done.
“We’ve been really proud to wear the vest with number seven on, what that represents with Rob and his family, but also to have the MND Association on the front, to run in their colours, to understand the work that they do and the difference they make to so many families across the UK.
“Especially this week, I’ve heard so many different stories about how horrific this disease is. This amount of money will make a huge difference. It will change a lot of things hopefully. The awareness is crucial. We need to find a cure, don’t we?”
To make a donation to Sinfield’s fundraising efforts, click here.