Rhinos fan Holly completes inspirational fundraising walk
Holly Beaumont at Emerald Headingley after completing her summer long fundraising effort with Ronnie the Rhino and MNDA Regional Fundraiser Jenn Dodd
Teenage Leeds Rhinos fan Holly Beaumont was not one for putting her feet up whilst the coronavirus lockdown kept her away from college, instead she has put her best foot forward and raised over £1,500 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, inspired by one of her Rhinos heroes Rob Burrow and his own battle with MND.
Holly, a keen walker, was joined by her dad and sister, for the 15th and final leg of her epic walking challenge on Bank Holiday Monday having visited 34 football and rugby stadiums across Yorkshire. The various routes completed over the summer have taken in each football stadium played at by all the Yorkshire teams in the top eight flights of English football, plus each of the Rugby League stadiums played at by Yorkshire teams in the top three divisions. As Holly crossed the finish line at Emerald Headingley Stadium she received another boost having reached her sponsorship target of £1500 on the final day.
Holly was delighted to have completed her goal, “Rob Burrow was one of my favourite players growing up and I wanted to do something to show my support for him and everyone who is battling MND. I suggested to my dad that we should walk from Elland Road to Headingley and the idea just took off from there. We have had some horrible days with the weather, that even forced us to stop a couple of times, but we’ve started back up once the weather has improved and it is great to have completed the challenge now, especially as we reached the fundraising target too.”
Jenn Dodd, Regional Fundraiser for Yorkshire, Humberside and the North East for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, added, “This is an incredible achievement by Holly and we are very proud of her. She has spoken about how Rob Burrow has inspired her. Rob has done a remarkable job in increasing the profile of Motor Neurone Disease both her locally but also nationally as well. He has inspired so many people like Holly to get involved in fundraising and we are so grateful to everyone who has got involved in raising awareness and fundraising.”