Rob Burrow CBE: Statement on behalf of Leeds City Council: Freedom 1

02 Jun 2024

Rob Burrow CBE: Statement on behalf of Leeds City Council

Compassionate city Leeds Rhinos

The following is a joint statement by the Lord Mayor, Councillor Abigail Marshall Katung, the Leader of Leeds City Council Leader, Councillor James Lewis, and chief executive Tom Riordan, on the passing of Rob Burrow CBE:

"We are deeply saddened by the passing of Rob Burrow – a freeman of our city, and a hero to so many both on and off the rugby field.

Rob’s performances for Leeds Rhinos alongside English and Great British rugby league had already secured his legendary status as one of the sport’s true greats, before he faced the toughest of battles against Motor Neurone Disease (MND) with tremendous courage, bravery and dignity.

His campaigning to raise awareness of MND, and to raise millions to fund a specialist Motor Neurone Disease Care Centre in our city, has been truly inspirational, leading thousands to join him, his family and friend Kevin Sinfield on their journey by taking part in the Rob Burrow Marathon to raise millions for charity.

Rob’s achievements transcend sport and the city of Leeds. His own words ‘in a world full of adversity, we must dare to dream’ already adorn a mural in the city centre, and over the coming weeks we will find a fitting way to ensure Rob’s legacy and achievements live on in Leeds.

For now, our thoughts are with Rob’s wife Lindsey and his children, his family and friends, and everyone who knew him."

Rob Burrow mural


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