I first heard of Motor Neurone Disease as an almost seven year old when my late Granddad Robert MacRae (known as Bob) was diagnosed with the disease back in 1987, after having issues with his swallowing and speech. Back then, the disease was quite rare, but unfortunately doesn't receive the awareness it deserves in comparison to cancer and dementia today. Since my Granddad's death in May 1988 aged 63, myself and my family have always supported causes associated with MND awareness, meaning that I have had a lifetime of supporting this and related causes.
Another reason for my supporting The Nick Smith Foundation is because I am a keen supporter of amateur/community rugby league having been involved for at least ten years through playing at Siddal ARLFC when there was a ladies section (playing alongside current England Women Internationals in Amy Hardcastle and Shona Hoyle to name a few), plus officiating games involving the Siddal teams (some games involving Smudger in the National Conference League and Challenge Cup as well) as a referee, touch judge or reserve official ranging from junior, youth and open age.
I feel that the Leeds 10k is an ideal way to raise awareness of the foundation so please give what you can to this excellent cause.
Thank you and best wishes,