It’s a great honour for Welcome to Yorkshire to now be joining forces with the inspirational, former Leeds Rhinos rugby league player, Rob Burrow, with the option to choose a very special Welcome to Yorkshire Rob Burrow Membership and £5 from every one purchased will be donated to Rob’s chosen MND Association charity.
Welcome to Yorkshire has already supported a number of charities through the initiative including their nominated charity of the year Yorkshire Cancer Research, plus Overgate Hospice in Halifax and Paces School in Sheffield, with the MND Association being the latest.
Pontefract born Rob was diagnosed with ALS/Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in 2019 and has since spoken publicly about his illness, raising awareness and inspiring his close friend and Leeds Rhinos Director of Rugby, Kevin Sinfield, to raise £2.7m in his '7 in 7 Challenge' (7 marathons in 7 days) in support of people impacted by MND.
Kevin Sinfield MBE said “Rob is a proud Yorkshireman and loved playing for his county during his glittering career. This is a wonderful way for people to support the MND Association and help families just like Rob’s.”
Welcome to Yorkshire Chief Executive James Mason said: “Rob Burrow is an absolute Yorkshire legend and the team at Welcome to Yorkshire are honoured and proud to be joining forces with Rob to raise money for his chosen and incredibly important MND charity, through our My Y membership, which also helps the environment by planting a tree for every single member. We’ve had an overwhelming response to the membership launched on Yorkshire Day and the idea really seems to have caught the public’s imagination.”
The Rob Burrow trees will be planted at William’s Den in North Cave.