Renfrewshire Council

Together we will #CureMND

MND Scotland are my chosen charity to support in 2018 and are a charity very close to my heart.

The charity was founded as the Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association in 1981 by John Macleod, a Strathclyde police officer and his wife Peggy.

At the time, services were limited and health professionals had little or no knowledge of the condition.

John had been visiting Charing Cross Hospital in London when he learned about a charity that was already providing support for people with Motor Neurone Disease in England, and became determined to set up a similar organisation here in Scotland.

Today, MND Scotland strive to reduce the impact of MND on the lives of those affected, by offering services such as benefits advice, equipment loans, counselling, advocacy and a grants programme.

There are over 450 people in Scotland currently living with MND and on average almost 200 people are diagnosed each year.

Sadly, around 53% of those diagnosed will die within one year.

MND Scotland's vision is a world without MND, and the charity has chosen a blue cornflower as their logo to represent this positive hope for the future.

There are currently 14 people living in Renfrewshire with MND - but when you consider the number of family, friends, and colleagues the number of people affected by MND locally is actually much higher

I will be fundraising to support MND Scotland throughout the year and the money raised will help offer these essential services, and also go towards research to find treatments and a cure for MND.

This September, fundraisers for MND Scotland will undertake a 5-day trek to the Great Wall of China, but if this isn't your style then there are plenty of other ways to get involved, whether it's campaigning to raise awareness, volunteering some of your free time and skills to help MND Scotland or just sharing your own personal stories and experiences with MND.

Soon we'll be announcing our own fundraising challenge for MND Scotland, so stay tuned on social media to find out more about how you can be a part of it.

Lorraine

 

Published 13 April 2018