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Burrow awarded MBE in New Year Honours

Legendary Leeds Rhinos player Rob Burrow has been awarded the MBE in the 2021 New Year Honours list for his services to Rugby League and the Motor Neurone Disease community.

Burrow was diagnosed with MND a year ago and since then has worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funds to support others who are dealing with the life-shortening condition that, at present, has no cure.

Burrow and his family featured in a BBC documentary showing the impacts of the disease on him since his diagnosis with over 3 million viewers having witnessed his bravery and determination to battle the condition. He has inspired an incredible amount of fundraising for the MND Association most notably from his friend and former team mate Kevin Sinfield, who has raised over £2.6 million so far from his 7 in 7 Challenge, which saw him run seven marathons in seven days, each in under four hours.

Commenting on the honour, Burrow said,

“It is truly humbling to be awarded the MBE and I would like to thank everyone who has made this possible.

“2020 has taught us all to appreciate the gifts we have and it is my honour and privilege to accept this award on behalf of all the MND community, I hope it gives people hope that we are not ignored and the drive for more research and support to end MND will not stop.

“I would like to thank my team mates, coaches and opponents throughout my playing career. They shaped me into the man I am.

“The way the Rugby League community has come together over the last 12 months to support me and my family speaks volumes about how special our sport is.

“Finally, I would like to thank my family. I know they have always been proud of me. This MBE is for them and I am looking forward to making another special memory when I am able to receive the award,” added Burrow.



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AS lockdown restrictions start to ease, now is the time for everyone connected with Oldham RLFC to do all they can to help with getting income from our Club Cash lottery back to where it was before the pandemic started to bite.

This is vital for the club and its finances which, as you all know, have taken a massive hit in the past 12 months.

Collectors will be returning to door-to-door visits in the next few weeks and we hope people who suspended payments will pick up where they left off as we strive and work hard to get back to where we were before the pandemic caused us to lose 50 per cent of our lottery income.

Many of our regular punters, who would normally pay a collector, have answered our calls for help by finding other ways to pay and to retain their chances of winning prizes.

To those people we are very grateful and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them once again for their loyal and continued support.

The lottery, of course, is potentially one of our biggest fund-raisers and for as little as £1 a week — more if you wish — you can help the club immensely and at the same time have chances to win £1,000, £100, £50, £25 or one of ten consolation prizes of £10.

That’s the present prize structure. There’s every chance it will be increased once we are out of lockdown, door-to-door collections start again and we get back to some sort of normality.

In the meantime you can join, or start up again, by contacting the club on 07904 898177 or by email to: enquiries@roughyeds.co.uk

For more information about the lottery, and for the “great opportunities” provided by our partnership with the National Youth and Community Development Association (NYCDA) go our Club Cash page.

There, you will find all the results and a detailed statement about getting back to normal with the help of our not-for-profit partners.

All proceeds from the partnership will continue to support the club and help us to meet the aims of our Club Cash activities, particularly in its aims and objectives to be an active stakeholder in the local community.

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