Kevin Sinfield is the ex-rugby player turned coach, ultra-marathon-runner and mega-fundraiser from our very own Oldham who did something truly amazing earlier this month.
The 42-year-old former loose forward, who currently serves as a defensive coach for the Leicester Tigers in the rugby union, has gone from a Manc-born sporting role model to a national hero thanks to his extremely admirable charity work over the past couple of years.
This bloke is a machine.
Seven ultra-marathons in seven days
For anyone unaware of Sinfield’s latest exploits, the former Leeds Rhinos player and director undertook the immense ‘Ultra 7 in 7‘ challenge earlier this month, tasking himself with the ridiculous feat of running seven ultra-marathons in seven days.
To put that into context, a standard marathon measures just over 26 miles or 42 kilometres; ultra marathons regularly clock in at 50km or more. Sinfield is said to have covered more than 256 miles (approx. 417km), averaging more than 60km a day. Insane.
Finishing the series of ultra-marathons alongside his dedicated team of runners on November 19 at Old Trafford, just in time for the 2022 Rugby League World Cup final, he was met with rapturous applause from the crowd — and rightly so.
The ex-Rhinos and England international set himself the target of raising £777,777 for Motor Neuron Disease in honour of his former teammate and equally inspiring close friend, Rob Burrows. He went on to absolutely smash that goal, amassing an incredible £1.4 million in donations in just a week.
Moreover, just last year he put himself through similarly unimaginable levels of strain by running a 24-hour marathon for the first time, raising over £1m for MND in November 2021 alone.
Again, this man is utterly remarkable.
Covering more than double the distance he managed the last time around, raising a total of over £2.3m across his two 7 in 7 ultra runs, it cannot be understated how much he has done for more than five different motor neuron disease charities in just a few short years.
Even before his latest heroics, Sinfield’s contributions to motor neuron awareness and fundraising were recognised by the local ouncil alongside record-breaking rower and Oldham native, Frank Rothwell, who were both bestowed with the little-known ‘Freedom of the Borough’ award back in March.
As for this year’s ultra-marathon challenge, his route saw him trek all the way from Edinburgh, through various parts of Yorkshire and, finally, back down to his home county of Greater Manchester. Not even bathroom breaks could stop him.
Compelled to run and raise as much as possible to support the MND community and honour Burrows, who was diagnosed with the disease back in 2019, Sinfield has made it his mission to help raise awareness and fund research into the rare condition which affects the brain and nervous system.
Joined by peers like footballer Stephen Darby as well as late rugby union colleague and fellow MND suffer Doddie Weir, who sadly passed away just last week, these and many more who supported Sinfield’s campaign have done untold levels of good when it comes to highlighting the disease.
Since beginning his fundraising journey in 2019, Kevin Sinfield has now raised over £7 million for the Motor Neuron Disease Association (MNDA) and related charities through his ultra-marathons and other charitable efforts, a miraculous and potentially fortune-changing amount that could save countless lives.
This absolute hero has already helped raise in excess of £2.6m all told with this year’s Ultra 7 in 7 alone, but if you want to join the millions of people still donating then you can do so HERE.
Featured Image — Wikimedia Commons/Hull FC/Leicester Tigers
Kitten dies after entire litter is dumped in airtight box in Manchester park
A local animal shelter has shared horrific details of a litter of kittens being dumped in a Manchester park.
The seven tiny cats were left in an airtight plastic box with their mother in Debdale Park, where they were discovered by a dog walker.
Tragically, one of the eight-week-old kittens had to be put down after he started suffering seizures believed to be caused by the lack of oxygen in the container.
The box the animals were dumped in was taped shut, with no holes to breathe.
Millstream Animal Shelter in Oldham named the six remaining kittens after the Game of Thrones dragons – Balerion, Vermax, Syrax, Tessarion, Vermithor and Sunfyre.
Millstream posted on Facebook: “These adorable kittens with their mummy were Dumped in Debdale Park. Hidden in bushes all of them crammed into 1 plastic box with the lid taped down and no holes to breathe. Luckily a kind member of the public found them and brought them straight into us.
“We assessed them all and unbelievably they were all healthy and in good condition, sadly apart from one little boy who soon after started fitting. We rushed him straight off to the vets, where he had further seizures and heartbreakingly died.”
All of them have now found loving new homes.
The shelter also told the Manchester Evening News: “It’s awful. The mother was traumatised and needed a lot of love and coaxing when brought to us, and if they hadn’t been found they would have all died.
“It’s absolutely sickening and needs bringing to attention that people would kill their pets than bring them into shelters.”
You can find out more about Millstream Animal Shelter, make a donation or buy items from their Amazon wishlist here.
Featured image: Millstream Animal Shelter
The Debdale Park Dumping UPDATE ALL KITTENS ARE NOW RESERVED.
😭 So we’ve now got these 6 cuties ready for homing Next Weekend. They are 8 week old. We have 3 females and 3 males. Syrax black and white female Sunfyre black female Tessarion black and white female Balerion black male Vermax black and white male Vermithor black and white male They are all confident friendly well handled and socialised A real sweet lovely cute family of kittens. They can go in any combination. Any kitten that goes by themself Must Go where there is an existing friendly cat if Not where someone is home Most of the time. They should be OK with children 6 years old plus used to cats. If you think you can give any of them the right home please ONLY Private Message us on here with details of Yourself Family and Home and any other pets you may have. You Must be ready to adopt Next Weekend and Not Due to Go Away Anytime Soon. The adoption fee is £70 for one and £120 for a pair Cash Only They are flead and wormed. Thanks