Following the inaugural Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon on the 14th May, renowned artist Charlie Macksey, captured the emotional moment Kevin Sinfield carried his close friend and former teammate Rob Burrow over the finish line in a beautiful portrait.

Through sales of the print, Charlie has generously contributed a minimum of £20 per sale of each print to Leeds Hospitals Charity’s appeal to build the Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

The prints have been hugely popular with the public and have been shipped worldwide, with tens of thousands of copies sold over the past month. Now, more than £86,000 has been raised thanks to sales of the print, helping make Rob Burrow’s dream of a specialist MND centre in Leeds a reality.

Read More: Rob Burrow & Kevin Sinfield print by Charlie Macksey

Charlie Macksey told us:

"Thank you so much to everyone who bought a print, this is all because of you. You are amazing. Thank you. This is all in support of the Rob Burrow Centre for MND."

Since Leeds Hospitals Charity launched their appeal to build the Rob Burrow Centre for MND in September 2021, £4.5 million has now been raised, with marathon runners raising over £1.1 million, including Rob Burrow’s wife Lindsey who surpassed £100,000.

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Over the past ten years, referrals to the Leeds MND centre have doubled, with 40 new referrals each year. To continue to provide the best quality service, the team need access to facilities tailored to their patients' specific needs.

Ambitious plans for this bespoke centre include a host of individual treatment rooms, accessible toilets and changing facilities, an education space for staff and hopefully a space where the latest equipment and technologies can be made available for patients to explore.

Esther Wakeman, Chief Executive at Leeds Hospitals Charity said:

“We’re incredibly grateful to Charlie Mackesy for choosing to support our Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease appeal through sales of his print which immortalises the special moment between Rob and Kev and represents the power of friendship.”

“I would like to thank everyone who purchased a copy of the print, the £86,000 raised has given our appeal a huge boost. We are getting closer and closer to the finish line and reaching our £6.8 million fundraising target to build a new centre for people living with MND and their loved ones, which will make a huge difference.”

You can still purchase Charlie Macksey’s print of Rob and Kevin. 

Buy your print here