Following two commendable years of fundraising for MND, fans are calling for Kevin Sinfield to receive a knighthood, just one day after finishing his latest fundraising challenge.
Running seven ultra-marathons in just seven days, Sinfield has raised a whopping £1.6m for MND charities from his latest efforts, which saw the former rugby league star run from Edinburgh to Old Trafford. The Leicester coach has been dedicated to the cause ever since his friend and former teammate Rob Burrow announced that he’d been diagnosed with the disease, inspiring Sinfield to complete a number of difficult running challenges to help raise vital funds that could not only help his friend, but other MND sufferers, too.
Thanks to his incredible efforts, Sinfield has now raised over £6.5m for MND charities, leading fans to campaign on social media for the rugby legend to receive a knighthood.
Describing it as an “injustice” that he hasn’t already been awarded, fans took to Twitter to express their pride for Sinfield, urging Rishi Sunak and the Crown to recognise his commendable efforts.
Fans feel so strongly, in fact, that they’ve even started a Change.org petition – which so far has garnered over 34,000 signatures (a number that is rapidly growing!).
The next honours are awarded in January as part of the King’s New Year’s Honours list, so fans have high hopes that Sinfield will be included and officially named a ‘sir’.
Fans aren’t the only ones who agree, either, with the likes of Steph Houghton and an array of sports Editors coming forward with support for the campaign.
Donations for Sinfield’s latest fundraising challenge are still open, and you can make a donation to the cause here. The funds will be split between five charities, all of which will go towards supporting those suffering from MND.