Our Kevin Sinfield Award

13 Jan 2022

In light of Kevin Sinfield collecting his latest medal... an OBE from the Duke of Cambridge. We're asking who is your 'friend like Kev'?

'Everyone needs a friend like Kev' - Rob Burrow.

The Kevin Sinfield Award
Kevin Sinfield and Rob Burrow are two highly regarded sportsmen who played together for Leeds Rhinos. Together they won eight Super League titles during a 14-year period, leading one of the country's most famous Rugby League clubs through one of rugby league's most successful dynasties.

Devastatingly, Rob was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in December 2019. The news was announced at a press conference on December 19th at Headingley Stadium where Rob spoke about his diagnosis and shared how it was affecting him, at one point he became overwhelmed with emotion and was given a comforting hug by Kevin who was beside him throughout. This showed the world that just like when they lined up together on the field, Kevin had Robs back and would stand with him every step of the way.

Since that very interview, Kevin Sinfield has continued to stand by his friend and do all that he can to support Rob, his family and other sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease.

The following year (2020) Kevin wanted raise some funds and awareness of the condition and came up with his own challenge… As a sportsman, running was at the forefront of his mind and with the number seven being synonymous with Rob (as his squad and shirt number), it sparked Kevin with the idea to run SEVEN marathons, and in his bid to make it more of a challenge, he would do this in SEVEN days.

The Seven in Seven challenge raised over £2.2m, a little higher than his target of £77,777.

In 2021, Kevin announced his latest challenge, to run 100 miles in 24 hours. The distance from his current club, Leicester Tigers, to Headingley Stadium, the home of Leeds Rhinos, is 101 miles which gave the apt name of ‘the extra mile’. Kevin began the feat on Monday 22nd November at Mattioli Woods Welford Road and was met by Rob and his family 24 hours later, on the pitch at Headingley Stadium. Kevin raised over £2.1m from the ‘Extra Mile’ challenge.

Overall, Kevin has raised over £5m for the MND Association and Leeds Hospitals Charity, but more than that has brought much needed awareness to the condition with people going to their GP and hospital and saying ‘I think I’ve got the Rob Burrow disease’. There are some reports that because of Kevin’s work bringing Motor Neurone Disease into the spotlight, that charities are incredibly close to a breakthrough for the condition.

Kevin has achieved so much; the money raised will make a huge difference to people with MND and their families in the years to come but the awareness and story of loyalty and friendship to Rob in his hour of need is something that should be admired.

Our Kevin Sinfield Award aims to recognise an individual that has gone above and beyond to support a friend, colleague or family member during an extremely challenging period. The person should live in Tingley, Ardsley or Thorpe and demonstrate loyalty, kindness, friendship and love.

Who is the Kevin Sinfield in your life?
Do you have the bestest and most loyal friend in Tingley, Ardsley and Thorpe? Tell us about how wonderful they are: www.wf3kindness.org/awards-nominate