Leeds Rhinos director of rugby has been inspired by Rob Burrow’s fight with the disease.
Kevin Sinfield’s fundraising efforts for the Motor Neurone Disease Association have passed £1million.
The Leeds Rhinos director of rugby was running his seventh and final marathon in seven days on Monday morning when the milestone was reached.
Sinfield is raising money in support of his former Rhinos colleague Rob Burrow, who is fighting the disease. His original target was £77,777.
The tally had passed £1.1million when Sinfield completed his seventh marathon in a time of three hours and 41 minutes, just after 11.20am.
Speaking after completing the challenge, Sinfield said he was “massively surprised” by the amount raised and “just blown away by the support”.
He added: “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 saying how grateful they are of what this team have done.”
I’m just really happy, completely overwhelmed. Some people thought we were mad but it was really important for us especially in the run-up to Christmas that Rob was in the forefront of everyone’s mind.
“It’s been a rough year and we wanted to make sure that he’s front and centre like he should be, he’s got a lovely family and Liz and the kids deserve to enjoy everything they get.
Sinfield continued: “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.
“For the six of us to get together and do what we’ve done this week has been absolutely brilliant, the best week of my life, being back in a team and to have a challenge like this getting myself ready every day to go again and fighting like Rob’s got to do and like everyone else has got to do with MND and it’s great to get it done.
“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?”
News Source: The Telegraph