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by Northern Life

Rugby, horse racing, and beer fans can now help raise money to support Rob Burrow MBE with ‘Burrow’s Blonde’. 10p from every pint and bottle sold is donated to the Rob Burrow 7 Discretionary Trust and the Rob Burrow Racing Club.

Yorkshire’s own Black Sheep Brewery is launching the new beer in support of rugby league legend and Yorkshireman Rob Burrow MBE, in partnership with Rob Burrow Racing Club.

Barrie McDermott, Sky Sports pundit and former Leeds Rhinos teammate of Rob, said: “I’m incredibly proud to support the launch of Burrow’s Blonde, a fantastic beer for a fantastic cause; it’s yet another way to get behind our little mate Rob Burrow and his family in their battle against MND.

“I’m in my element here, drinking beer whilst raising funds to support Rob, what’s not to love!”

The launch event for ‘Burrow’s Blonde’ saw Rob, along with family, friends, teammates, and Rob’s former racehorse ‘Burrow Seven’ head to the Black Sheep Brewery in Masham, North Yorkshire, where the beer was created.

Rob’s wife, Lindsey Burrow, said: “We’re really excited to be working with Black Sheep Brewery and launching Burrow’s Blonde. It’s a great opportunity for people to support Rob by simply buying a beer and enjoying a drink with loved ones.

“Being here today with the whole family, Rob’s former Leeds Rhinos teammates and the Good Racing Co team is really special. The whole family are extremely grateful for the outpouring of support.”

Rob’s charity horse, Burrow Seven, has helped to raise nearly £180,000 for charity. Since retiring, the horse has continued its good work by becoming an equine welfare and therapy horse.

Phil Hawthorne, the brains behind The Good Racing Co, commented: “What began as Rob’s charity horse, Burrow Seven, has transformed into the Rob Burrow Racing Club, something completely unique in the racing community. With The Good Racing Co, we aim to redefine racing as an all-inclusive sport that motivates and excites people, especially when racing for good causes.

“We’re delighted to be working with a fellow Yorkshire business to support this important cause and provide people the opportunity to enjoy a racing experience with a beer where they can raise money for Rob.”

Dan Scott Paul, Head Brewer at Black Sheep Brewery, added: “When Phil approached us with this idea, we knew we had to get involved in supporting this great cause and a true Yorkshire legend in the best way we know how – with a great beer.

“Burrow’s Blonde is a cracking pint, but the story behind it is so much more than that. Many of us are Rugby League fans and are familiar with Rob’s story; our aim is to use our brewing credentials to raise as much money as possible for Rob & to raise awareness for MND.”

An inspiration to families up and down the country, Rob announced in 2019 that he had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. Since then, Rob has championed raising awareness of the disease through various charitable initiatives and supportive organisations, helping to raise millions for those suffering from MND here in the UK.

Rob’s services to rugby league and the Motor Neurone Disease community were formally acknowledged when he was appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2021 New Year’s Honours List.

For more information on the partnership with Rob Burrow, visit the website here:

Supporters can also buy Burrow’s Blonde from the online Black Sheep shop and get involved on social media using #CheersRob:

NorthernLife Sep/Oct 23