Rob Burrow won the 2022 Helen Rollason award
Rob Burrow accepted the Helen Rollason award at the Sports Personality of the Year awards show this year. Rob was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2019 just two years after his 17 year-long Rugby League career.
Rob has dedicated his recent life to raising awareness of MND, being awarded an MBE and continuing with relentless fundraising. Rob dedicated his SPOTY award to “the MND warriors” and to the late Doddie Weir, a Scottish Rugby legend who won the Helen Rollason award prior.
Kevin Sinfield also accepted a special award
Kevin Sinfield, ambassador and friend of Club Insure, stood on the stage with Rob’s family, presented the award, and also accepted a special award himself. Since Burrow’s diagnosis, Kevin has raised more than £7 million for charity, and Club Insure have been supporting him every step of the way. In November he ran seven ultra marathons in seven days, a staggering feat where he smashed his £777,777 target to now stand at a total of £2.3 million.
In 2015, Kevin was nominated for Sports Personality of the Year, placing a noble second to Andy Murray.
To an audience of thousands on BBC One, Kevin said: “Doddie used to say MND isn’t incurable, it’s just under-funded. We’ve got to keep fighting. We will keep banging the drum.”
To learn more about Kevin’s achievements over the last three years, check out Romero and the Rhino – Two Years On