Thank you for taking the time to visit my fundraising page. 2017 was an amazing year in terms of achieving things I never thought I could! Raising over £10,000 in support of the MND Association is incredible and I couldn't have possibly done it without each and every one of you supporting me! Every pound donated will help to support the wonderful work of the MND Association for people living with Motor Neurone Disease. I am just so immensely grateful for all your generous contributions, overwhelming kindness and tremendous support last year!
However there is "no finish line until there is a cure" and I will therefore continue my running and fundraising journey in support of the MND Association. It will be 10 years in November since I lost my amazing mum to MND, so this year I want to cover more miles than ever before! On 15th April, a day after my birthday, I will be running the Brighton Marathon as part of Team MND and hope to raise at least £500; it will be my first ever full marathon! In addition, I have set myself the challenge of completing 10 half marathons this year (one for each tremendously difficult year without mum) to get the overall fundraising total up to £13,000!
It will once again be an incredibly challenging year, but no matter how tough these runs may be, the challenges my mum faced living with MND were far greater – in February, she first struggled lifting her left arm, by April after many falls, she could no longer walk and her health further deteriorated rapidly in the months that followed. In November 2008, my mum passed away after her 9-month battle with MND. With every kilometre I cover running, I think of her and all those affected by MND, and how the money raised as part of my challenge will help to bring us closer to find a cure. It has been my mum’s incredible strength and determination to continue fighting that has been my motivation to keep pushing myself, train harder and show my siblings that our shattering experience with MND can help to make a positive impact.
Not only will the funds raised as part of '100K For MNDA' help to ensure that people living with Motor Neurone Disease receive the right, high-quality care and support they need, but also fund ground-breaking research projects that will help to find new treatments and ultimately a cure for MND, so that one day many families will not have to go through the same challenges we did.
The MND Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland dedicated to improve care and support for people affected by Motor Neurone Disease (MND). MND is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting. MND kills a third of people within a year and more than half within two years of diagnosis. There is currently no cure for MND.
Thank you, thank you, thank you for your fantastic support and generous contributions! Your donations truly mean the world and will help to make a difference to so many people affected by MND.