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Johnrose makes Rovers return for Project 92

Len is embarking on a nationwide tour to raise awareness and funds for MNDA

3 March 2019

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Former Rovers midfielder Lenny Johnrose returned to the club to spread an important message to the current crop of players.

The 49-year-old, who started his career at Ewood Park, is embarking on a nationwide campaign to raise valuable funds and awareness for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Johnrose, who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in March 2017, intends to visit every club in the country as part of 'Project 92', to talk about his experiences of living with the debilitating disease.

The father-of-three hopes to get every professional player in English football's top four divisions to donate a minimum of £10 to the MNDA, who work tirelessly to try to find a cure for the rare condition.

“The guys were absolutely fantastic," said Johnrose. "They were really attentive and receptive, and I thank them for allowing me to have the platform to do what I feel I’ve got to do.

“I don’t want them to go around thinking that the end is nigh. It’s just to give them an insight and make them think about things, which I’m sure they will do.

“Since being diagnosed, I've wanted to fill my time with something that’s valuable and worthwhile, and for me that's raising awareness.

“More and more sportsmen are revealing that they have been diagnosed with MND, so I'm sure it will be a topic very close to their hearts."

Rovers skipper Charlie Mulgrew was delighted to welcome Len back to the club and insisted the players would do everything they could to help support his estimable efforts. 

“It was quite an eye-opener," said the Scotland star. "He was very open and very honest, and I think that’s why he got the attention he did in the room. 

“It’s quite amazing what Len’s been through. Sometimes you just get on with your life and you forget about these things or don’t really realise that they’re happening.

“When Len said that studies have shown that it can happen in sportsmen it really makes you appreciate how lucky you are and how things can just come on unexpectedly. You need to be thankful for your health - it’s the best thing you can have in life.

“It was great to have Len in and we’ll do everything we can to help raise awareness and to donate to the charity.

“This is a club that wants to help in any way they can, so that's our main focus.”  

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