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Kevin Sinfield MND Fundraiser

6th December 2023 By The Editor

Former Munster Head of Strength & Conditioning Paul Darbyshire.

Former Munster Head of Strength & Conditioning Paul Darbyshire. Inpho

Kevin Sinfield is continuing his awareness and fundraising drive to support those impacted by Motor Neurone disease (MND) by running seven ultra marathons in seven cities across Ireland and Britain.

Among those he is running in honour of is former Munster Head of Strength and Conditioning Paul Darbyshire who passed away due to MND in June 2011 at the age of just 41.

Each run will be a marathon with an extra mile to signify the extra mile people can all go to help their friends in tough times. The aim is to complete each day’s run in under four hours.

In Ireland there are more than 450 people living with MND. The initial target is to raise £777,777 (almost €900K) from the challenge.

The challenge will support five charities which support and care for people affected by MND and their families, and invest in research to bring us closer to effective treatments and a cure for the disease.

The main beneficiaries will be the MND Association and Leeds Hospitals Charity’s appeal to build the Rob Burrow Centre for MND in Leeds. There will also be donations to the Irish Motor Neurone’s Disease Association (IMNDA), My Name’5 Doddie Foundation and the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation plus support for the 4ED campaign to support former Gloucester and Leicester Rugby Union player Ed Slater.

Since 2020, Sinfield and his team have raised over £8 million (almost €9.2m) with three endurance events that have captured the public’s imagination having been inspired by Sinfield’s former Leeds Rhinos team mate Rob Burrow.

You can donate here.

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