Our family has been severely impacted by MND with Keta (our wife/mum/sister-in-law) having been diagnosed in 2014. We are participating regularly in a number of events to raise money for research (still to find the cause, let alone a cure) and to support other families experiencing the same.
In 2015, Kevin and Neil completed the overnight 100km Thames Path Challenge Walk in 27hrs and Hebe and Violet completed the Richmond Park 10km Christmas Run in an amazing 51mins!
In 2016, Hebe participated in the Colour Obstacle Rush over 5km with her school friends; Kevin completed the 3 Peaks Challenge (to climb Ben Nevis, Scafell Pike and Snowdon within 24 hours); we hosted a fundraising netball tournament with many of Keta's ex team mates from her netball career coming out of (early!) retirement to support the cause; and Kevin completed the Royal Parks Half Marathon.
In 2017, Violet's school year took part in a sponsored fitness session kindly hosted by Turnfit Studio; Neil completed the London Marathon in 4hrs 39mins; the second Munstead Netball Challenge was a great success with Hebe's year group winning the trophy for the second year in a row; and Keta completed the brilliantly bizarre Marathon du Medoc with the support of 16 pushers (and 8 drinking spectators) - covering the beautiful 26 mile course, enjoying 20-odd chateau wine stops en route, all in fancy dress with 8,500 other party-goers was a truly unique experience! On the same day, Hebe and friends waded through rivers and a huge amount of mud to complete the Back To The Trenches challenge.
In 2018, unfortunately, owing to Keta's deteriorating health our planned fundraising efforts had to be put on hold with the third Munstead Netball Challenge in particular having to be cancelled at short notice.
However, on 15 September, Neil & Captain Morgan led a team of six over the border to successfully tackle the 15 peaks of Wales - an almighty challenge which culminated in an ascent of Snowdon in thick cloud and gale force winds more reminiscent of Everest! Fantastic effort guys, well done.
Sadly, on 27 January 2019 we lost Keta. She was more than ready to go, controlled the inevitable, and retained her humour to the end. She was and is a legend, adored by us all.
The third playing of the Munstead Netball Challenge will take place on 22 June 2019, followed by The Walk in late July/early August.....on foot, Hebe, Violet, Kevin, Nellie and Captain Morgan will attempt to trace Keta's journey from Hartlepool via Oxford and Battersea to Godalming - 350miles in 14 days! All are welcome to join us on part (if not all!) of the journey. Further plans for late 2019 diversify away from sporting endeavours - anyone who can stand I suggest learning a gag or two.....
We are determined that Keta's courageous and smiling 4.5 year fight against this awful disease helps others. We would be extremely grateful for any fundraising support. Many thanks. Hebe, Violet, Kevin & Neil