Ex-BBC cameraman Miles Pilling has Motor Neurone Disease (MND).
During the 26miles4mnd campaign his friend, the editorial photographer Cristian Barnett, will be taking portraits of 26 people who's lives have all been touched by MND. On Sept' 9th 2018 Cristian will be running the Tallinn marathon in Estonia to raise money for the MND Association.
The basic aim is to raise awareness of this little understood but devastating disease and to raise funds for the MND Association.
Miles will be taking "behind the scenes" photos and interviewing each of the subjects - The people we meet will range from people living with MND to consultants and other health professionals, to volunteers and to the friends and families of those affected by MND.
We will also be photographing some famous people who have added their support to the Twenty Six Miles fundraising campaign including Kim Wilde and Nick Owen.
In the 26 days leading up to Cristian's marathon run, one portrait and accompanying write up will be published on Instagram each day.
Miles will be in every portrait alongside each of the guests - so the project title 26Miles4MND is a pun on the distance run in a marathon and the number of “Miles” appearing in the portraits!
The project has taken us 3 years and is finally within sight of the finishing line!
We have a small and talented group of people who have volunteered time to create a book from the portraits and interviews. This will be available for sale or donation during the MND Association's 40th anniversary in 2019.
Please help us raise money for the great work of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and to increase awareness of this terribly cruel disease -
Donate via your mobile phone – Text ‘mmnd99 £5.00‘ (or whatever you can afford) to 70070