Permanent tribute to be put in place at Leeds Rhinos stadium in memory of Rob Burrow

Rob passed away on Sunday 2 June at the age of just 41, following a four-and-a-half-year battle with Motor Neurone Disease.

In that time, he has done so much to raise awareness and vital funding for the cruel disease, often with the help of his friend Kevin Sinfield – together, the pair have inspired more than £20 million in fundraising.

In a touching message released last week, Rob told those listening to “be brave” when living and facing any obstacles.

Signing off with an emotional “over and out”.

Since his death, thousands of fans have paid their respects at Headingley Rugby Stadium and now after seven days of mourning, more permanent plans will be put in place.

Image: The Hoot Leeds

A spokesperson for the Leeds Rhinos said: “We would ask you to have a moment of reflection with loved ones at home together to remember Rob and keep in your thoughts his family and all those impacted by MND.

“From Monday morning, 10 June, the club staff will start to lift and store safely the many shirts and mementoes that have been left in tribute to Rob from people around the country.

“This is to ensure that they do not get damaged by the weather and the site remains a fitting tribute to Rob. Each will be photographed and put into a book, copies of which will go to the family, one at the stadium and one to be housed in the new Rob Burrow Centre for MND.

“The club will make a decision, in conjunction with Rob’s family, how to use the shirts and items to form a permanent tribute at the stadium, most likely somewhere in the South Stand to recall where people came to remember Rob this week.

“Flowers that are no longer fresh will be lifted. Any wrappers will be recycled wherever possible whilst the flowers will be composted separately with the compost then added to the club’s existing Memorial Garden situated near Car Park A at the stadium.

“All notes on the flowers will also be photographed and added to the above books. The photographs will also be displayed on a digital gallery on the Leeds Rhinos website so visitors can read the many tributes to Burrow in the weeks and years ahead.”

Read more: Kevin Sinfield leads tributes to the great Rob Burrow after his death from MND at 41

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