Leeds Council approves plans for Rob Burrow Center for MND hospital

A new center designed to treat and care for people with motor neurone disease, named after Leeds Rhinos superstar Rob Burrow, has moved a step closer to becoming a reality after being given the go-ahead by local councillors.

The Rob Burrow Center for Motor Neurone Disease will be based at Seacroft Hospital in the city of Leeds, with a £6.8 million treatment center designed to support people like Burrow living with the disease. And last month, Leeds City Council officially gave the go-ahead for the project.

Around £5.6m of the £6.8m target has been raised so far thanks to tireless fundraising from the likes of Burrow and Kevin Sinfield. Sinfield has single-handedly raised millions with his ultramarathon feats – with the successful launch of the Rob Burrow Leeds Marathon also contributing hugely.

“Receiving planning approval for the new MND center is another positive step forward for this project and we are all so pleased that Leeds City Council has been so supportive of our vision,” said Toby Ingle, principal at Corstorphine & Wright Architects .

“With this approval, we are embarking on the next chapter to make compassion a reality, providing an exceptional facility for the care and support of MND patients and their families, and ensuring a sanctuary where hope thrives and lives are uplifted.”

“The Rob Burrow Center for Motor Neurone Disease will make a real difference to many people’s lives, providing vital support in a modern environment tailored to the needs of patients, clinicians and the local community,” Emma Quinn from Drees & Sommer UK, who will lead the project, added.

“Working closely with Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and Corstorphine & Wright on this important project has been a real privilege and we are delighted that the plans have been approved and we can look forward to the next steps in the centre’s development.”

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