Thank you for taking the time to visit my fundraising page. Throughout the next 12 months, I will be competing in a series of runs and walks across the UK covering a total distance of at least 100 km to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.
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.
The reason for setting myself this fundraising challenge is very personal. In everyone's life there is a hero somewhere...My hero was my mum. She was the most generous, kind, compassionate and loving person. My mum loved to laugh and taught me that the happiest individuals in the world are those who put other people first, which is exactly what she did as a mother - always putting her children first. My mum bravely battled her illness (MND) with incredible strength and with every fibre of her being for the entire time that she suffered — and she certainly did suffer. First she lost the use of her arms and hands. Then she lost the use of her legs and eventually her ability to eat, drink or even swallow...it was suffering of the highest order and incredibly heartbreaking. Yet she put on a brave face for her family and fought on - in the hospitals and at home. She fought long and hard.
In November 2008, my mum passed away after her 9-month battle with MND. There is not a day that goes by where I do not miss and think about her.
I have since lived my life to make her proud. Raising money for MND Association is a way of remembering my mum. By sponsoring me your money will help improve care and support for people with MND, their families and carers. The money raised will also help to fund and promote research into new treatments and finding a cure for MND, so that one day many families will not have to go through what we have been through.
Every donation makes a difference to a person living with MND. For example:
- £10 provides an information pack for a newly diagnosed person with MND
- £35 buys an adapted cutlery set to help someone with MND continue to feed themselves
- £50 funds laboratory equipment for a day of vital research into finding out the causes of MND
- £125 will fund a specialist communication app for a tablet/laptop
- £1 ,200 funds the installation of a stair lift and initial six months rental
- £2,000 buys two riser recliner armchairs to help maintain a level of mobility for those who can no longer stand unaided
- £3,200 buys a Lightwriter to give someone back the ability to communicate with their loved ones.
Thank you very much for your support to this fantastic cause. Your donation truly means so much to both, myself personally and, of course, to MND Association. Every single penny donated is very much appreciated and your support can help change lives.