Rave for Rob to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association
Rugby League personality and DJ Alex Simmons has teamed up with Leeds singer Lauren Green to produce a dance anthems album of covers and original tracks to raise funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND Association) in Rob Burrow’s name.
When Leeds Rhinos legend Rob was diagnosed with MND in December 2019 at the age of just 37, Alex knew he wanted to help raise awareness of this cruel and incurable disease.
He explained: “A lot of people know me from Rugby AM, a show that started in my garden shed and ended up on national TV. To be honest, when I started out I got laughed at but the players were brilliant, literally some of the best rugby league players in the world would rock up to my shed. And the very first guest on the show from the shed was Rob Burrow.
“When the news came through about Rob I wanted to contribute in some way and I knew with my experience in music I could probably do something a bit different.”
Alex is Operations Director of Jamaica Rugby League, sits on the inclusion board for the Rugby Football League and is the Leeds Rhinos match day host for the South Stand at Headingley.
He also has 20 years’ experience as a professional DJ and being on furlough during lockdown gave him the opportunity to start putting down some tracks. He teamed up with Leeds singer Lauren Green, a former Leeds Rhinos cheerleader, and the pair quickly had enough material to make an album.
Lauren said: “We decided to call the album ‘Lockdown’ as all the tracks were produced in lockdown but also because MND literally locks sufferers down in their own body. I’m really pleased to have been able to work with Alex on this project and I hope people will support it by buying the album to help the MND Association in its vital work.”
All profits from ‘Lockdown’ will be donated to the MND Association in Rob Burrow’s name.
The aim is to raise £10,000 for the MND Association. People can buy the album Lockdown via Alex’s website alexsimmonstv.com. Everyone who buys the album, priced £9.99, will also be emailed a 60 minutes mix featuring all the tracks on the album and a selection of other tunes that Alex has produced this year.
The album is released worldwide Sunday 28 February with a day of live streams on www.homerave.tv inviting everyone to #RaveforRob and support the fundraising effort. Alex and Lauren will feature throughout the stream along with DJs Danny Bond, Dale Castell, Luke Pompey, Ang Lee and Luke Tibble playing the event.