Former Leeds Rhino Rugby League star Rob Burrows set to read CBeebies Bedtime Story on International Day of Persons with Disabilities.
Burrows suffers from motor neurone disease and will be using an eye-rolled computer to read the story. As Rob is a proud Yorkshireman the computer will recreate the words in his native Yorkshire accent.
Rob, who was joined in the CBeebies studio by his wife Lindsey and two of their children Maya, 7 and Jackson, 3 said he is “excited and honoured” as he used to enjoy reading to his children.
Maya and Jackson were there to lend a hand, shouting “Action” from the gallery when cameras began rolling.
He told the BBC: “Reading and literacy are so important. It doesn’t matter what your disability is, reading is accessible to everyone.
“Anyone can enjoy reading and develop a love of books and bedtime stories, just like me and my family.”
Burrows chose to read ‘Tilda Tries Again’ by Tom Percival, a story of a young girl who one day finds her world turned upside down and has to find new ways to solve life’s problems.
Leeds Rhino Legend for over 16 years announced he had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease back in 2019. The disease affects the brain and nerves causing muscular weakness.
In 2021 Rob Burrows was awarded an MBE 2in 021 for his services to Rugby League and the Motor Neurone community being one of the most successful plays in the sport’s history.
Former Leeds Rhino teammate Kevin Sinfield recently completed a mammoth task of seven marathons in just seven days as part of his pledge to raise funds for Motor Neurone Disease. The legend raised over £1.3m wrapping up his run in Manchester last month.
Rob Burrows will read his CBeebies Bedtime Story at 6.50pm on Saturday 3rd December via CBeebies and BBC iPlayer.