Leeds Rhinos legend and Leeds Hospitals Charity patron Rob Burrow was made an MBE in the 2021 New Year Honours list.

Rob, who was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2019, spent 16 years playing for Leeds Rhinos and picked up the honour from Princess Anne, in a ceremony held at Windsor Castle.

Rob has been made an MBE for services to rugby league and the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) community.

Since the Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease Appeal launched in September 2021, over £2m has been raised, thanks to support from the people of Leeds, the UK and beyond.

The unit, for which around £5m is needed, will see all MND services housed under one roof for the first time.

Patients will have access to a range of holistic support tailored to their needs, from speech and language therapy, to diet and nutrition advice, and physiotherapy.

Rob 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.”

“It is a great occasion for my family as well. Any excuse to see my wife get dressed up, she deserves to get it for the wonderful support she gives me and our family. I hope that she enjoys the occasion like me."

The Rob Burrow Centre for MND Centre Appeal