Stuart and Charlotte x


Fundraising for Motor Neurone Disease Association
raised of £150,000 target
In memory of Spencer Bates
We fund care, campaigning and research to achieve a world free from MND


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Stuart and Charlotte completed every single Olympic event during the 17 days of 2021 that the Tokyo Olympics were held. This totalled 102 separate events, from running a marathon, cycling the 234km road race, swimming 10km, to performing a synchronised swimming routine, show jumping, surfing, pole vaulting, boxing, and many, many more…. if it was in the Olympics they did it!!!

Stuart’s much loved brother Spencer, known to all as Spenny, bravely passed away in August 2011 whilst still in his 40s from motor neurone disease. He left behind his two young sons Samuel and Isaac, who he loved unconditionally. 

Spenny held a special place in the hearts of all who knew him, and this was reflected by having more than 750 people attend his funeral. He was many things to many people, a well-known and talented musician, a keen footballer, a loyal and trusted friend and always the party starter! Whilst living with this terrible disease, Spenny worked tirelessly to raise as much awareness of and money for the motor neurone disease association as possible. 

Stuart had always wanted to mark this 10-year anniversary and celebrate Spenny’s life in a fitting way and that was the seed that grew into Spennylympics and in Charlotte he found someone determined and crazy enough to help bring this idea to life. They were  under no illusions as to just how difficult this challenge would be, in fact it was described by most as utterly impossible which only fuelled their determination to succeed even more! 

The work that MNDA are doing is more vital than ever as every day there are more people just like Spencer who are diagnosed with this terrible disease and more families like his who are losing a father or a mother, a husband or a wife, a brother or a sister, a son or a daughter. We hope that by sharing Spencer’s story with you and undertaking this massive challenge that we can inspire you to give generously to this most necessary of causes. 

Thank you for your support,

Stuart and Charlotte

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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 9am and 4pm.

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