Rob Burrow to read CBeebies bedtime story thanks to special tech

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The ex-Leeds Rhino and Great Britain scrum-half, 40, has motor neurone disease and needs special tech to speak.

Marking tomorrow’s International Day of People with Disability, Rob will read Tom Percival’s Tilda Tries Again.

It is about a girl whose world is turned upside down as things once easy now prove tough.

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

It will be the first time the BBC children’s show has had a story read using eye-controlled gear. The tech even recreates Rob’s Yorkshire accent.

The dad-of-three, diagnosed in 2019, 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.”

Rob’s wife Lindsey and two of their children, Maya, seven, and Jackson, three, joined him at the CBeebies studio.

The youngsters directed from the TV gallery, helping count down and shouted “Action!”

Rob follows England World Cup skipper Harry Kane, who appeared in October to read a story about overcoming fear and finding one’s inner lion.

Singer Harry Styles, Captain America star Chris Evans, and British actor Tom Hiddleston have also appeared.

CBeebies Bedtime Story is at 6.50pm tomorrow.

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