Kevin Sinfield has set off on his epic Ultra 7 in 7 Challenge which will end at the Rugby League World Cup Final next weekend.
Leicester Tigers club partners Mattioli Woods and Breedon are among the supporters who have already made generous donations in support of charities including the MND Association and Leeds Hospitals Charity’s appeal to build the Rob Burrow Centre for MND in the city.
Sinfield, the Tigers defence coach, is running nearly 40 miles per day for seven days on the way to the finish line on the pitch at Old Trafford at half-time in the men’s Rugby League World Cup Final.
Iain McKenzie, chief operating officer at Mattioli Woods, said: “Kev’s story touches the hearts of every person inside and outside of sport, and we are delighted to be able to support him and the wider MND community through this challenge.
“We wish him and the rest of the team well and look forward to seeing him on the Old Trafford pitch come November 19.”
Breedon have also made a generous donation and given staff an opportunity to volunteer to assist Kevin on his run.
Rob Wood, CEO of Breedon, said: “We are honoured and privileged to be supporting Kevin in his epic Ultra 7 in 7 Challenge. We’re all inspired by his remarkable efforts and his hard work in raising awareness for MND. Everyone at Breedon will be cheering Kevin on and we wish him all the best.”
Sinfield is running from Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh to Old Trafford in Manchester in his Ultra 7 in 7 Challenge.
He has already raised more than £5 million for MND causes with previous endurance challenges and is going even further this week to celebrate the awareness raised by three inspirational sporting characters who have done so much to raise the profile of those impacted by the disease.
Inspired by Rob Burrow, Doddie Weir, Stephen Darby and other people living with MND, he has an initial aim of raising £777,777 from this challenge.
The Ultra 7 in 7 will support five charities to help those affected by MND and invest in research into effective treatments and a cure. The main beneficiaries are the MND Association and Leeds Hospitals Charity’s appeal to build the Rob Burrow Centre for MND, with donations also to MND Scotland, My Name’5 Doddie Foundation and the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation plus support for the 4ED campaign to support former Tigers player Ed Slater, who was recently diagnosed with MND.