Rob Burrow has become the latest celebrity to host a Cbeebies Bedtime Story on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
He joins a list that includes Hollywood star Tom Hardy and Manchester United forward Marcus Rashford in featuring on the children’s show.
The former Leeds player was diagnoses with Motor Neurone Disease in December 2019, just two years after finishing his playing career.
Burrow, 40, uses ground-breaking technology to speak using his eyes, as he reads ‘Tilda Tries Again’ by Tom Percival. The former international player was awarded an MBE earlier this year for his services to rugby league and Motor Neurone Disease.
Rob Burrow on Cbeebies Bedtime Story
He told BBC Breakfast: “I loved doing the Cbeebies Bedtime Story because it brought back so many memories of me reading stories to my own children.
“Reading is so important and is accessible to everyone no matter what disability you may have. I can no longer speak because MND has affected my speech muscles. But it doesn’t stop me reading to my three children.
“I hope you all enjoy listening to the story.”
Burrow reads CBeebies Bedtime Story at 6.50pm on Saturday, December 3, on CBeebies and BBC iPlayer.
“It brought back so many memories of me reading to my own children”
The former Leeds Rhinos player Rob Burrow is the latest celebrity to take part in the CBeebies Bedtime Story 🌙📘
He chose a book all about resilience and determination ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/oHLcE2X73a
— BBC Breakfast (@BBCBreakfast) December 1, 2022