Hello. We’re the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association and we’re taking over the Life Changing Challenges blog today. You may remember us as the ice bucket challenge charity. That event helped raise over £7 million towards our fight against MND.
The MND Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland dedicated to improving care and support for people affected by MND. We fund and promote research, campaign, and raise awareness so the needs of people with MND are addressed by society.
We rely on donations from our dedicated supporters, which is why challenge events, treks, and tour operators like Life Changing Challenges are so important to our work. For people living with MND, every mountain climbed, marathon run, cycle completed, or cake baked offers hope.
Hope that their needs will be recognised, that standards of care will continue to improve and, above all, hope that one day a cure will be found.
#TeamMND supporters are simply amazing. They go above and beyond. Take Sophie and her family who braved a 5km inflatable obstacle course, as her fiancé Tom is living with MND.
After completing the challenge Sophie said “I decided to take part in the event and thought it was a perfect opportunity to raise money for the MND Association as it’s a charity very close to our hearts. The sun was shining for us and we all had so much fun and enjoyment, and it was all for such a worthy cause.”
In April, Vicki convinced her husband and some friends to join #TeamMND and walk 106km around the coast of the Isle of Wight to raise funds in memory of her father Les, who died from MND in 2016.
Vicki said “We had no idea how tough walking 106km in 2 days would be. It took us just over 28 hours on the hot bank holiday weekend. One of the team had to retire half way due to horrendous blisters, but 3 of us hobbled over the finish line at 9pm on the Sunday. The views were stunning and helped to take our mind off the pain!”
And just last month, Andy travelled to the Arctic Circle with his very fetching ra-ra skirt and completed the Polar Circle Ultra Marathon, a freezing 37.5-mile race for #TeamMND. The event is often referred to as the Coolest Marathon on Earth.
Andy said “Hopefully I’ve helped a little on the awareness side of things as well as raising a bit of money for the cause too. The route inspection was interesting as they announced that Polar Bear sightings are becoming more and more frequent! This was definitely not about positions or times in the race, but about raising awareness and funds for this fantastic charity.”
It’s people like Andy, Vicki, and Sophie - and hundreds of other #TeamMND fundraisers that drive us closer to finding a cure. But it’s not about how many obstacles you climb, kilometres you cover, or feet you ascend - however you choose to support us, your fundraising efforts will make a huge difference to people living with MND, their families, and carers.
To get involved with #TeamMND why not browse the fantastic range of events available through Life Changing Challenges, or take a look at the events on the MND Association website. If you’d like to discuss your fundraising idea, please email us or give us a call on 01604 611860.
Guest Blogger - Stuart Town - Events Officer
Motor Neurone Disease Association