Richard Brailsford

The MND Army - 7 in 7

Fundraising for Motor Neurone Disease Association
raised of £10,000 target
by 411 supporters
In memory of Chris Brailsford
We fund care, campaigning and research to achieve a world free from MND


Thank you for visiting our JustGiving page. We need to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease. Our team, the MND Army are each completing a challenge of 7 challenges in 7 days. Rob Burrow, Leeds Rhinos rugby legend was diagnosed with this cruel disease in 2019. It killed Katrina's Grandma (Audrey), and Lorna and Richard's Dad (Chris). A friend is also living with MND. Our target of 777.77 is a tribute to Rob, whose shirt number was 7. 

Katrina and Richard and Lorna's stories are below, along with example challenges. We are doing this in memory of loved ones, and because we don't want others to go through what Chris and Audrey went through. Thank you for anything you can donate. 

We want to remove just one word from the sentence; "There is NOT a cure for MND."

Example challenges are below:

Richard and Lorna's story

"It's been 9 years since our Dad, Chris died. He was finally diagnosed with MND in 2012. Followed by the news that MND is always terminal, and that there is no effective treatment. Then he quickly lost his ability to walk unaided, and struggled to breathe and talk. The day before he died he had his feeding tube fitted. His weight had plummeted from 14 to 6 stone. All in less than 9 months. Our Mum, sister Lorna, Dad's sister Carole and I saw our Dad fight, yet he was still destroyed in front of us. 

We've done a few events, and the support has been incredible. BUT, despite the incredible research from MNDA there is still no cure. We agree with Kevin Sinfield (lcreator of 7 in 7 and friend of Rob Burrow) that, "MND is the cruellest of cruel diseases". We will fight until MND is defeated. 

Thank you for any support you can provide to help the fight. 



"My Grandma (as I knew her), but also know to others as Mum and Audrey Hartigan passed away in 2012. She'd been unwell for a year or so; signs we put down to old age we now know were MND. Her diagnosis eventually came only a few months shy of us leaving us. The deterioration was nevertheless shattering. 

Rich has done a fantastic job raising money in the name of MNDA, and we are so pleased he has invited us to join forces."


Challenges for the team include completing 7 tough bike rides in 7 days , 7 runs or walks over 7 days, Baslow Boot Bash (walking challenge in the Peak District),  Hell of the North Cotswolds off road cycling event (50k), Forest of Dean Wild Boar Chase (75 km off road challenge) and 7 walks in Wales in 7 days; including Mount Snowdon. 

The MND Army is:

Richard and Lisa Brailsford and family, Lorna and Mark Ford and family, Katrina and Ben Bishop and family, Lucie and Jamie McArthur, Matt and Tash Sumner, Jon Melvin, Duncan Grainger. Joni and Rachel Jarvis, Tim Russell, Steve Jackson, Steve Oldfield, John Brewster, Katie Hurst and Chris Brewster, Dan Costelloe and Tracey Thompson.

About the charity

The MND Association focuses on improving access to care, research and campaigning for those living with or affected by MND in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. If you or a loved one need practical or emotional support, call our Connect Helpline on 0808 802 6262, Mon to Fri between 10am and 4pm.

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