How is this fundraising event different, and why should I take part?
Burrow Seven is a unique fundraising campaign that invites people to become a member of a special racing club set up over 12 months to raise funds for Rob Burrow and his Fightback Fund.
At Rob’s request the 2022 campaign now includes both the MNDA and the The Rob Burrow Centre for MND Centre Appeal / Leeds Charity Hospital. The profits raised from the racing club will be split equally between the MND Association and the Leeds Hospital Charities
Members of the Burrow Seven Racing Club will receive regular updates from both charities about the latest research developments and breakthroughs in the fight against the disease and the progress being made by the MNDA and Leeds Hospital Charities
How much money from my £59 goes to charity?
All of the profits from the racing club will be split equally between the MND Association and the Leeds Hospital Charities
Which charity is this fundraising campaign supporting, and how will they spend the money?
Rob Burrow has asked that all funds raised from Burrow Seven be split equally on research projects funded by the MND Association and the Leeds Hospital Charities
You can find out more about some of the specific research projects here and the Rob Burrow Centre for MND appeal with Leeds Hospital Charities here.
Is anyone or any business making profit from this initiative?
No individual or business is making any profit from this fundraising campaign.
How involved has Rob Burrow been in this campaign?
Rob has been involved with the Burrow Seven idea from the outset, and he’s given it his wholehearted approval. The idea was presented to him by his close friend Barrie McDermott who has kept Rob abreast of all of the developments. Rob and his family have also requested that Leeds Hospital Charities is included in the 2022 Fundraising campaign. Rob has met Burrow Seven at the stables and he’s really looking forward to seeing the horse in action on the racecourse.
Who is supporting the campaign?
Barrie McDermott is the ambassador for the Burrow Seven fundraising campaign. His determination and dedication has helped make it happen.
The original idea was conceived by Phil Hawthorne, founder of Racing4Business, who took the idea to Barrie McDermott. Barrie loved the idea and immediately became the ambassador for the Burrow Seven fundraising campaign.
The MND Association have been involved as the charity partner through 2021. They worked closely with Rob to plan how the funds will be spent.
Barrie has been supported in the 2021 campaign by fellow ambassadors Jenna Brooks, Danny McGuire, Gemma Boner, Helen Skelton, Niall Hannity, Paul Hanagan, Paul Mulrennan, Franny Norton, Brian Hughes, Bez of the Happy Mondays, and Kian Burley. The campaign also enjoyed the support of over 30 corporate partners.
Whose idea is the Burrow Seven campaign?
The original idea for this unique fundraising campaign was conceived by Phil Hawthorne. Phil is passionate about two things: Horse Racing and Rugby League.
Phil Hawthorne is the founder of Racing4Business, an innovative business networking organisation that encourages businesses to win new clients through the thrill of owning a racehorse.
Who are Racing4Business, and what is their involvement?
Racing4Business provides an innovative source for finding new clients and winning new business whilst experiencing the fun and enjoyment of owning a racehorse. Racing4Business create syndicates of like-minded businesses who want to promote their business, reward staff and impress clients.
Phil Hawthorne is the Racing4Business founder along with his business partner Phil Dunster also known as ‘The Two Phil’s’. Phil Hawthorne conceived the original BurrowSeven idea and the Racing4Business team have managed the entire project, from selecting the horse to the sales and marketing of the campaign.
Racing4Business will not make any money from this fundraising campaign. All profits will go to the two charities.
What is a racing club and how does it work?
A racing club facilitates the experience of race horse ownership. The racing club owns the racehorse. Members of the club will have no ownership rights but they will enjoy all the drama and excitement of being an owner!
Are there any additional maintenance costs for the horse that I’m expected to pay?
No. Members only need to pay the £59 membership fee.
What happens to the prizemoney Burrow Seven gets for winning races?
All prize money raised by Burrow Seven’s professional racing will be donated equally to the MND Association and the Leeds Hospital Charities
How often will I hear updates about Burrow Seven?
Members will receive updates about the horse’s development and performance at least once a month. Alongside updates of any race fixtures, there will be frequent videos by the trainer allowing members to watch him on the gallops and observe his form.
Members of the Burrow Seven Racing Club will also receive regular updates from the MND Association and the Leeds Hospital Charities about the latest research developments and breakthroughs in the fight against the disease and the status of the The Rob Burrow Centre for MND Centre Appeal.
How long will my membership last?
Membership to the Burrow Seven Racing Club ends on 31 December 2022 . Members can renew if they wish but there is no obligation.
Will I be able to visit the horse at the stables?
We will give members the opportunity to enter a prize draw to visit Burrow Seven at his stables in North Yorkshire and also attend open days. We aim to give as many members as possible the chance to enjoy this exclusive opportunity throughout the year. 120 members visited the stables in early November 2021 and we will be arranging other open days during 2022.
Will I gain free entry at the racecourse to watch him race?
Members will be given the opportunity to enter a prize draw to win tickets to watch Burrow Seven from the owner’s enclosure on race days. We aim to give 100 members this exclusive opportunity throughout the year.
Members will, of course, be encouraged to come and watch BurrowSeven whenever he runs.
Can I buy a membership as a gift?
Yes. You can buy membership on behalf of someone else. We think membership in the Racing4Business racing club makes a unique Christmas / birthday / celebration gift.
Am I allowed to buy more than one membership?
Yes, you are allowed to buy as many memberships as you like.
What do I receive when I become a member?
Members will receive a welcome pack which includes a letter of thanks from Rob Burrow, a certificate of membership and a photo of Burrow Seven. Members will also receive information from the Leeds Hospital Charities.
Can I gain a share of the prizemoney if the horse wins?
All prize money raised by Burrow Seven’s professional racing will be given equally to the MND Association and The Leeds Hospital Charities.
How many people do you expect to take part?
We are encouraging as many people as possible to take part and raise money for this cause which is so close to Rob’s heart.
How long does my membership last?
The Burrow Seven Racing Club opens on 1 January 2022 and ends on 31 December 2022.
What do I receive when I become a member?
You will receive an immediate confirmation email once your payment has been received. Members will then receive a welcome pack which includes a letter of thanks from Rob Burrow, a certificate of membership and a photo of Burrow Seven. The pack also includes information about both of the charities that Rob has chosen to support. Please note the pack may take up to 10 working days to arrive after receipt of order.
Members will then receive email updates about the horse’s upcoming races and performance, as well as news from the MND Association and The Leeds Hospital Charities in monthly emails.
When is Burrow Seven expected to have his first race?
He’s expected to race in December 2021.
What happens at the end of the year when my membership expires?
Members will be given the option to renew their membership to the Burrow Seven Racing Club. There is no obligation and payment will not be automatically renewed.
How do I register my membership?
After purchasing a membership you will get a welcome pack in the post, with a letter containing a unique code and a link to complete the registration.
You must complete the registration to receive follow on emails about Racing4Business, Burrow Seven, MND Association and Leeds Hospital Charities.