Wakefield teenager inspired by Leeds Rhinos' Rob Burrow walks distance to all Yorkshire stadiums to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association

A teenager from Wakefield has walked hundreds of miles to sports grounds across the county to battle against a deadly illness that has struck her rugby league hero.

By James Carney
Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 12:50 pm
Updated Thursday, 22nd October 2020, 12:54 pm
Holly Beaumont at Leeds Rhinos' ground
Holly Beaumont at Leeds Rhinos' ground

Holly Beaumont, from Middlestown, covered grounds from Wakefield Trinity to Castleford Tigers – via Featherstone Rovers – and as far north as Middlesbrough to the south of the county in Sheffield to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The 17-year-old Leeds United and Leeds Rhinos fan was inspired by former player Rob Burrow, who was diagnosed with the condition in 2019.

The experience was capped off by Holly and her family taking part in the BBC 1 coverage of Rhinos’ Challenge Cup final win at the weekend.

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Rhinos players said the win was inspired by club legend Rob. In total Holly’s walks consisted of 16 rugby league stadiums and 24 football stadiums, across a total of 284 miles.

She said: “I thought about doing walks for a charity cause and as a big Leeds Rhinos fan I was very aware of the MND Association due to Rob Burrow.”

At the start of lockdown Holly and her family were doing a lot of walks. And after exhausting all the options around where they lived Holly decided to look further afield.

She put 35 sports grounds on her list and made the plan into a fundraiser.

Holly said: “I looked at where they all were and planned some routes to do with all the time I had due to not being able to go to school.

“I had been to some of the stadiums before to watch various matches but I enjoyed getting to the ones I’d never been to before and the sense of achievement when I reached the stadium at the end.”

Holly’s mum and dad, sister, cousin, and a friend from school joined her for various parts of the walks, completed over 15 days in the summer.

Her efforts have so far raised £1,765.