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Luke Humphries shows true colours with Rob Burrow gesture after Premier League Darts win


Luke Humphries showed his classy side with an incredible gesture towards Rob Burrow after winning the penultimate Premier League Darts night on Thursday. Humphries cruised past Michael van Gerwen to claim the honours in Leeds and book his place in the play-offs, which will take place at the O2 Arena later this month.

The reigning world champion is a huge Leeds United fan and wore a special shirt in the club’s famous white, blue and yellow colours. Speaking after his win over Van Gerwen, Humphries revealed that he would be selling the shirt and donating the proceeds to the Rob Burrow Foundation, which helps people affected by motor neurone disease.

“This was just a special one for the crowd,” explained Humphries. “Obviously, I’m going to raffle this off for the Rob Burrow Foundation for charity. I don’t know whether we’ll do it as a raffle or auction but I want to do something towards Leeds and Rob Burrow, that would be fantastic.”

Burrow is a former Leeds Rhinos rugby league player who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2019. A married father of three, he is unable to speak but can articulate his thoughts via Eyegaze, a device which translates blinks into letters and builds them into words.

Humphries was not the only player to show support for Burrow on Thursday night, with Luke Littler donning the MND Association logo on his shirt. He has worn the charity’s branding all season after being inspired by Burrow as a keen follower of rugby league.

“Being a rugby league fan, I’ve seen the amazing fundraising work done for the Motor Neurone Disease Association, particularly by Rob Burrow and Kevin Sinfield in recent years,” said Littler before the start of the Premier League season.

“The MND Association are doing so much important work and when I found out that I had a space available to support a charity on my shirt I wanted to back them.”

Up to 5,000 adults in the UK are affected by motor neurone disease at any given time, with one in 300 people being diagnosed with the condition during their lives. It is invariably fatal and most sufferers are given a prognosis of less than five years, though some people can survive with the disease for much longer.

Information on how to donate to the MND Association can be found here.

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