Kevin Sinfield's fund-raising for Rob Burrow and the MND Association surpasses £2m
KEVIN SINFIELD'S fund-raising for former Leeds Rhinos teammate Rob Burrow and the Motor Neurone Disease Association has reached an astonishing £2m.
Sinfield completed the final of his seven marathons in as many days on Monday morning with the fund hitting £1m yesterday before doubling in 24 hours.
He ran all seven marathons in under four hours and has been "overwhelmed" by the support. An initial target of £77,777 had been set but over 90,000 people have contributed to the fund-raising efforts to help it reach the almost unimaginable £2m mark.
Burrow was diagnosed with MND 12 months ago, with Sinfield by his side as he announced the news of his diagnosis in a television interview last December.
The Leeds Rhinos director of rugby and former captain received praise from several quarters following his achievement with some even calling for a knighthood.
Ex-Leeds United player and Premier League and Champions League winner James Milner tweeted his congratulations, saying: "Huge congratulations to Kevin Sinfield on completing seven marathons in seven days to raise funds and awareness for the MNDA. An incredible achievement and over £1m raised for a fantastic cause."
England cricketers Ben Stokes and Jos Butler were directing attention to Sinfield's superhuman effort via social media.
England rugby union got behind the rugby league legend as did Double Olympic Gold Medallist Geraint Thomas along with a host of other sport stars and TV personalities.
After completing his final marathon on Monday, Sinfield said: "It has been rough but a brilliant week.
"I am massively surprised and blown away by the support. When we set out on Tuesday morning for the first one we were at about £40,000.
"We set the target of £77,777 and we were a little bit concerned we may not hit it but suddenly it started to roll in. The support has been incredible."
To donate, visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/sinfield-7-in-7