I’m really moved by the Burrow Seven fundraising campaign. To have a racehorse of this stature named in my honour is overwhelming. I can’t wait to see him in his first race. Thank you to everyone who supports the MND Association by taking part. Research is the key to cure this disease.

Together we can do it.


I’m really moved by the Burrow Seven fundraising campaign. To have a racehorse of this stature named in my honour is overwhelming. I can’t wait to see him in his first race. Thank you to everyone who supports the MND Association by taking part. Research is the key to cure this disease.

Together we can do it.


Burrow Seven is a unique fundraising campaign for Rugby League legend Rob Burrow, which aims to raise money for his Fight Back Fund with the MND Association

Money will be raised through the creation of a horse racing club that invites people from all walks of life to get involved and buy a membership in an exceptional thoroughbred racehorse, named Burrow Seven in honour of Rob.

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Why join the Burrow Seven Racing Club?


Help support research projects funded by the MND Association that will bring us closer to new treatments and an eventual cure. Members will receive regular news updates from the charity about developments and progress.


Experience what it feels like to own a thoroughbred racehorse…. Drama. Excitement. Glory! You’ll have the chance to win tickets to watch Burrow Seven race from the owner’s enclosure, and to visit him at his training yard


Receive a welcome pack with photos of Rob and the horse, a certificate of membership, a letter of thanks from Rob and a letter from the MND Association

Be part of Rob Burrow’s inspiring legacy


Rob was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in December 2019. There is no cure for the degenerative disease that affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK. In less than a year Rob has lost his voice and his ability to walk, he suffers difficulty breathing and stiff joints cause him severe pain. He is 38 years old.

Rob has shown the same spirit in his battle against MND as he did on the pitch playing for Leeds Rhinos for 16 years. He doesn’t want the disease to define him. He and his family have worked tirelessly since the diagnosis to raise awareness of the condition and to raise vital funds. His battle has gained nationwide attention and he’s earned a whole new set of supporters who have followed his journey and been inspired by his courage and dignity.

Burrow Seven is a racehorse with a great pedigree. Now four years old, this young thoroughbred is due to start his professional racing career in 2021. Named Burrow Seven after the shirt number Rob played in for 16 years, this racehorse has first-class heritage and a fantastic training team behind him.

Membership in the Burrow Seven Racing Club costs just £59.

All profits from membership sales will go towards the Rob Burrow Fightback Fund at the MND Association and be spent on MND research.

Members not only get to be part of an exclusive Racing Club. But they also get to be part of Rob Burrow’s inspiring legacy.



Barrie McDermott

It’s hard to come up with ideas for fundraising events in an era of COVID but we think we’ve hit upon something original, inclusive and exciting with Burrow Seven. Rob was a thoroughbred on the pitch. No one could match his speed. He was consistently a front runner for the match winning try and always a banker for man of the match!

I’ve met this horse and can testify that it has the same fighting spirit as Rob. I’m proud to be involved in the Burrow seven fundraising campaign as an ambassador and we have high aspirations for how much money and awareness we can raise for Rob and the MND Association. Plus, we hope to have a lot of fun along the way. I can’t wait!

Jenn Dodd

Regional Fundraiser for Yorkshire, Humberside and the North East.

We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received inspired by Rob Burrow and to see initiatives like this now kicking off to continue that support is just incredible. The funds raised will make a real difference to the MND Association and to the 5000 people across the country who, like Rob, are living with MND today. We’re so grateful and wish everyone well as they embark on this exciting venture.

About MND

Motor neurone disease (MND) describes a group of diseases that affect the nerves (motor neurones) in the brain and spinal cord that tell your muscles what to do. With MND, messages from the motor neurones gradually stop reaching the muscles.

This leads the muscles to weaken, stiffen and waste. MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. Some people also experience changes to their thinking and behaviour. However, MND affects everyone differently. Not all symptoms will affect everyone, or in the same order. Symptoms also progress at varying speeds, which makes the course of the disease difficult to predict.

MND is life-shortening and there is no cure. Although the disease will progress, symptoms can be managed to help achieve the best possible quality of life. There is a 1 in 300 risk of getting MND across a lifetime. It can affect adults of any age, but is more likely to affect people over 50. To find out more about the MND Association visit here.

About the MND Association

The MND Association focuses on MND care, research and campaigning. Their vision is a world free from MND. They invest in research that will take us ever closer to the discovery of new treatments and ultimately a cure.

They fund and promote research projects which help understand the disease process and uncover new treatments, as well as improve healthcare. They are a leader in the funding and promotion of cutting-edge MND research, both within the UK and across the world. Over the past two decades, MND has moved to the forefront of neurological disease research. Thanks to advances in technology, increased collaboration, determination for a cure, and funding from supporters, real progress is being made.

Rob has asked that all funds raised from Burrow Seven be spent on research projects funded by the MND Association.

Some of the types of research projects funded by the MND Association can be seen here.

Identify therapeutic targets

By identifying what causes MND and the underlying processes involved in developing the disease, scientists can develop effective targeted treatments, and potentially approaches to prevent the disease.

Develop treatments

By investing in research projects to help drive fundamental discoveries through the various stages of treatment development, from laboratory to clinic, we can accelerate the drug development process.

Understand disease progression

These projects aim to find a marker of disease progression, to speed up diagnosis, prognosis and to aid disease monitoring.

Improve standards of healthcare

These aim to have a direct impact on people with MND here and now, as well as those diagnosed in the future, by increasing quality of life and improving healthcare.

The International Symposium – collaborating to find a cure

We know that collaboration is the key to defeating MND. Every year, the MND Association organise the International Symposium on ALS/MND, which is the largest medical and scientific conference specific to ALS/MND in the world. The Symposium brings together the best and brightest scientists and clinicians, to share their work and discuss the latest advances in research and clinical management. This year it will a Virtual Symposium.