Leeds Rhinos star and MND campaigner Rob Burrow to read CBeebies Bedtime Story

Rob Burrow has been a high profile campaigner for MND research and awareness since being diagnosed with the disease in 2019. Credit: BBC

Former Leeds Rhinos player Rob Burrow, who uses a computer to talk after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND), will make history when he reads a CBeebies Bedtime Story using special technology.

The former scrum-half, 40, will read Tom Percival's Tilda Tries Again - about a girl who suddenly finds her world changed and things that were once easy more challenging - on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on Saturday 3 December.

The inspirational tale tells how Tilda finds a new way to approach her problems - and believe in herself.

It will be the first time on the BBC children's show a story is read using the special eye-controlled system which recreates Burrow's voice.

Diagnosed in 2019, Burrow said: "I used to love reading to my own children as part of their bedtime routine. I was so excited and honoured to be given the opportunity to read a CBeebies Bedtime Story.

"Reading and literacy are so important. It doesn't matter what your disability is, reading is accessible to everyone.

"Anyone can enjoy reading and develop a love of books and bedtime stories, just like me and my family."

Burrow was accompanied into the studio by his wife Lindsey and two of their children, Maya, seven, and Jackson, three.

Rob and his wife Lindsey recently featured in an MND awareness campaign in Leeds city centre. Credit: Lorne Campbell, Guzelian Media

The youngsters directed their father from the TV gallery, helped count down and shouted "action" when the cameras started rolling.

Burrow will follow in the footsteps of England and Tottenham striker Harry Kane, who appeared on the popular show in October to read a story about overcoming fear and finding one's inner lion through self-belief.

Singer Harry Styles, Captain America star Chris Evans, Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl and British actor Tom Hiddleston have also appeared on CBeebies Bedtime Stories.

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