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Family Bike Ride at Croxteth Country Park

This year's Family Bike Ride was held at Croxteth Country Park on Sunday 23th July 2017

Participants helped raise funds for people living with Motor Neurone Disease in Merseyside by cycling 10K (6 miles) around the park.

Bike ride photo

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Family Bike Ride at Croxteth Country Park

Family Bike Ride at Croxteth Country Park

 

Walk to D'feet MND2017

The Merseyside Motor Neurone Disease Association Branch held their annual on Walk 2 Dfeet MND on Saturday 1st July 2017. Click on the photos below to see larger images.

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Walk to D'feet MND	photograph - click to enlarge

Walk to D'feet MND	photograph - click to enlarge

 

MND Global Awareness Day 2017

A joint venture between the MND Wirral and Merseyside branches was held on 21st June 2017. We did an Awareness raising and bucket collection at Central Station Liverpool. A big thank you to all Merseyrail staff and commuters.

MND Global Awareness day 2017 photograph

MND Global Awareness day 2017 photograph MND Global Awareness day 2017 photograph

 

Cheque Presentation in Memory of Ann Cumiskey

At the June Branch Meeting, Chair Sandra Smith was presented with a cheque from the Cuminsky Family, with the money raised in memory of Ann Cumiskey.

Ann Cuminsky cheque donation photograph

 

Darryl Riley's London to Paris Cycle Ride

Darryl Riley cycled from London to Paris on 19th April 2017 to raise money fror the Motor Neurone Disease Association. He has MND and did the bike ride with his son Aaron on a tandem.

Help Darryl reach his target of £1000!

Please visit Darryl's Virgin Money Giving fundraising page and make a donation

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Darryl & Aaron with other London to Paris Cycle Ride cyclists London to Paris Cycle Ride group photo

 

Michael Graham's Half Marathon Fundraiser

Michael ran the Vitality Liverpool half marathon on 2nd Apr 2017 after his Nan was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease in 2014.

All donations would make a huge difference, thanks!

Visit Michael's Half Marathon page and make a donation

 

Ride of the Roses Bike Ride

Jayne Molyneux rode over 50 miles through the Lancashire countryside to raise money for MND Merseyside.

She raised over £250! Jayne is pictured below.

Jayne Molyneux

 

Annual MND Merseyside Bike Ride

Despite the rain 65 cyclists turned out for the Annual MND Merseyside Bike Ride at Croxteth Country Park on Sunday 24th July 2016. Over £1000 was raised through registration, sponsorship, tombola and selling of pies donated by Pieminister.

Pieminister – Award-winning British pies

A big thank you to everybody who took part!

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Walk to D'feet MND 2016

The Merseyside Motor Neurone Disease Association Branch held their annual on Walk 2 Dfeet MND on Saturday 11th June 2016. We had 49 people attend plus dogs, babies and toddlers.

We raised £372.83 from the generous shoppers in the city centre.

Here's a selection of photographs from the event.

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Alan Parker's Liverpool to Leeds 127 mile cycle

127.5 mile bike ride from Liverpool to Leeds for Motor Neurone Disease Association to raise money to support scientific research

Recently my father was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease and it's only when you start to look at MND that you really get a feel for what an absolutely devastating disease this is. There has been some progress in stem cell research into other diseases which may translate well into cures, or a least ways in which you can slow down the progress of the disease. Like with anything though it costs money.

I decided to cycle the canal towpath from Liverpool to Leeds all 127.5 miles of poorly maintained marshland and jagged bricks in order to give to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Please donate money to make it seem worthwhile and help raise money to fight this awful disease.

Help Alan raise money by donating directly on his fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/AlanParker23.

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Spring 10K run raises funds in memory of Richard Owens

Terri Ann Green ran the Liverpool Spring 10K in Sefton Park on Sunday 1st May to raise funds for MND in memory of Richard Owens who recently passed away.

Terri Ann surpassed her intended target but you can still help her raise money by donating directly on her fundraising page at www.justgiving.com/TerriAnnGreen.

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Fundraising Charity Lunch at 60 Hope St Restaurant

On Wednesday 13 April we held a Charity Lunch to raise funds for the Branch. Over 50 people enjoyed a 3 course lunch in beautiful surroundings. Great food and good company were enjoyed by all. With the help of Barclays employees attending for match funding, £1800 was raised! A big thank you to Colin and all the staff at 60 Hope St for a great time.

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Christmas Party

We held the Christmas party on 6 December. 65 people attended, there was a buffet, tombola entertainment by Lauren, and a surprise visit from Father Christmas!

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£6000 was raised at the May Ball

The May Ball was held at the Adelphi Hotel. Over 300 people attended, and had a marvellous time. Over £6000 was raised from ticket sales raffle and auction.

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Ford Workers Donate £2600 to MNDA Merseyside Branch

Pictured are Tommy Rowe, Sandra Smith and Moira Furlong from the Merseyside Branch who attended a reception along with other charities at the Getrag Ford Plant in Speke. The Branch received a cheque for £2,600 from the Getrag Ford Charity. Pictured second left in the photo is Jimmy Doyle, a retired Ford worker who set up the charity in 1984. The Ford workers donate from their wages to the Charity, and this year the total raised reached £1,000,000.

Ford workers cheque presentation

Chrity sky dive pictureA Charity Sky Dive for Motor Neurone Disease Association

On 31st October Tommy Rowe, along with Liam, Michael, Emma, Abby, Denise, Morgan, Lewis, Andy, Sean & Hannah took part in a sponsored sky dive from 10,000 ft to raise funds and awareness for the MND Association.

You can still help Tommy Rowe raise money for this great cause by donating directly to his fundraising page - www.justgiving.com/TommyRoweSkydive.

You can help Michael Barrow raise money at www.justgiving.com/Michael-Bar.

You can help Andy Townsend raise money at www.justgiving.com/A-Townsend.

You can help Emma McAuliffe raise money at www.justgiving.com/Emma-McAuliffe-I1.

JustGiving sends your donation straight to Motor Neurone Disease Association and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.

Thank you for your support!

Janice Russell and Bob Macdonald

Charity Evening raises £1000 in memory of Martin Russell

Pictured right is Janice Russell receiving a cheque donation to the Branch from Bob Macdonald, Chair of the Police Formby Golf Society. The money raised from a Charity evening, was donated in memory of Martin Russell.

 

Family Bike Ride Croxteth Country Park

The Merseyside Annual Family Bike Ride took place at Croxteth Park on Sunday 26th July. There was a grand turn out and over £600 was raised, with sponsor money still coming in. Dr Bike attended to check peoples bikes for free.

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Despite the rain a fabulous MND Crew turned out for the annual Walk to D'feet on Saturday 20th June 2015. The walk from the Anglican Cathedral to the Pier Head was to raise awareness of MND in the city centre in MND awareness month.

Over £60 was also collected in the buckets, and Jenny Dawson raised over £450 on her Just Giving page.

Walk 2 to D'feet 2015
Walk 2 to D'feet 2015
Walk 2 to D'feet 2015

Liverpool Half Marathon Runners Raise Funds for MND

Kathryn Ward, pictured below left, ran the Liverpool Half Marathon on Sunday 29th March to raise funds for MND. Congratulations to Kathryn who finished in 2 hours 36.30, just ten minutes short of her personal best! View Kathryn's race certificate.

Pictured below right are Gary Scott and his family after Gary completed the Liverpool Half Marathon. Well done Gary!

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Recognition for Fundraising Awards

Stephen Twigg, Nick and Tim HankinOur Branch Christmas party was held on 7th December 2014 at St Monica's Parish Club in Bootle.

The following photographs are of Stephen Twigg MP and Patron of the Branch, presenting Certificates of Recognition for fundraising for the Branch to Branch members.

Pictured, clockwise, from right: Stephen Twigg, Nick and Tim Hankin; Stephen Twigg, Alun Owen, Chair of the Branch and Keith Ten-Pow; Stephen Twigg, Mary Brade, Alun Owen and Joan Marnell.

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Ice Bucket Challenge

We are delighted to be part of the global phenomenon that is the ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE #icebucketchallenge. We have been inundated with interest and have enjoyed watching all the videos and messages AND the latest amount raised is £357,817.46 as of 24/08/2014.

We could never have dreamt anything on this scale and we are very excited to see this happening. See a few of the videos so far: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCv4r6z5MJ_R0Je9Vzd_YxpA/videos.
Below: Margaret Milner takes the ice bucket challenge.

Margaret Milner takes the ice bucket challenge

Ice Bucket Challenge poster

Annual Bike Ride

This years annual bike ride was a family affair, just 6 miles round Croxteth Hall and Country Park.
A really tremendous Day!!! Amazing turn out, fab weather, a giant teddy bear, a home made cake, loom band extravaganza, bikes of all shapes and sizes and a whole load of fun. One small step nearer to a CURE... lets do it all again next year!!??

Thanks everyone. Current funds raised £866 and its still coming in.

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Annual Bike Ride Annual Bike Ride

GORON Lie Down for MND

We were excited to be part of a global event on 21st June which is International MND Awareness Day. We teamed up with Tokyo and took part in an unsual but very effective awareness campaign. Liverpool Central Library kindly allowed us to use their space inside and out and people in Bournemouth, Isle of Wight, Oxford, Devon, Wales also took part.

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Read more about GORON Lie Down for MND on the national MNDA website.

Check out our link in Japan too, where MND is known as ALS.

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Liverpool Rock n Roll Half Marathon Runner Raises Funds for Branch

Ellie Gannon, a supporter of the Branch for the past five years, completed the Liverpool Rock n Roll half marathon, and raised funds for the Branch.

Ellie completed the half marathon in 2 hours 14 minutes.

 

Walk To D'Feet MND

The Walk 2 d'feet MND took place on Saturday 14th June 2014. It was a lovely sunny day. We did our usual walk from the Anglican Cathedral to the Albert Dock. Raising awareness and doing a collection on route. We raised over £300.

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Afternoon Tea at the Adelphi Hotel

The Branch held a very successful fundraising Afternoon Tea at the Adelphi Hotel on Sunday 1st June. It was the idea of Committee member Sheila Morley. Over 80 people attended, and they enjoyed a lovely tea and listened to the Crosby Symphony Quartet. It was a very successful fundraising event. Pictured are Alun Owen (Branch Chair) and family enjoying the tea. Also Louise and Cassidy Jones with the very successful tombola!

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Pride Of Sefton Day Out

Thanks to some funding from The Lord Mayor's Fund we were able to offer a day trip to Sefton residents effected my MND.

'The Pride of Sefton' which is especially adapted for wheelchairs and fully accessible took some branch members down the Leeds - Liverpool canal stopping off at The Saracens Head for lunch. A great time had by everyone and the sun stayed out all day!

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Pride of Sefton Pride of Sefton

Yogathon

Our very first Yogathon organised by our supporter Carla Kent and held at Happiness Yoga www.happinesshotyoga.co.uk with generous support from the owner Chili. Participants took part in a day long yoga session and raised nearly £2,000 for the Branch. Nameste to everyone who took part.

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Yogathon session

Family Race Night Fundraiser

Lil Parks family and friends put on a very successful evening which included a Race Night, raffle, lots of stalls and games, candy floss and popcorn too!! It was really a lot of fun. The total raised in ONE evening was £4,477.70p.

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Mark MaddoxMerseyside Branch Member Heads Up New Campaign

Mark Maddox lived for football but now he's dying. He has motor neurone disease (MND) and it’s started to affect the way he walks and talks. He knows it won’t be long before he’s in a wheelchair. Mark's run marathons and jumped out of aeroplanes to raise awareness, but time is running out and he needs your help.

Find out more

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Sefton triathlon run raises an amazing £250!

Pictured are Paul and Charlie Newport who raised funds for MND by completing the Sefton Triathlon and raised an amazing £250!

Paul and Charlie did the Triathlon in memory of Paul's brother Robert.

WALK TO D'FEET MND

Walk to D'Feet MNDOur annual walk to D'Feet took place in glorious sunshine on Sat 15th June, we always meet at Liverpool Anglican Cathedral and meander along Hope street, down Mount Pleasant, up Renshaw street then down Bold street and Church Street, right through L1 and ending up in Brasco Lounge Café bar for a rest in Mann Island!

We bumped into Ricky Tomlinson on the way who agreed to wear an MND Awareness wristband and met several people on route who had been effected by MND and were encouraged to see us.

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We raised awareness for sure in our sea of blue T-shirts and also collected £197.80p on the way.

Our Walk To D'Feet in 2012 received positive media coverage from Radio Merseyside and Bay TV featured an article with interviews, see here.

BIG MND RACE

Big MND RaceThe weekend of 8th 9th June saw our big national office backed event at Mann Island, Albert Docks.

Liverpool hosted the event in the form of two big parties that launched and welcomed back two teams who took on amazing challenges over 24 hours.

We raised massive awareness especially as we were joined by a Giant Thumb much to the amusement of passers by!


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Big MND Race Press Release

Money still coming in for this event, led by Richard Dawson from High Wycombe, early indications say £10,000 is realistic!

30TH ANNIVERSARY MAY BALL

Committee at the ballThe most successful to date our May Ball at Aintree Race Course raised £10,000!
Thanks to the hard work of the committee and a lot of supporters who gave their time and energy to make it a magical evening!

The food was delicious and the views across the course added to the atmosphere, along with entertainment by local band Rollercoaster.

Our ball goers looked tremendous and danced the night away with a break for our raffle and auction. Stella Edwards was our star guest, one of the original founders of our Branch and we also invited Stephen Twigg MP who is our current patron. Stephen took the opportunity to sign the MND Charter while he was there!

LONDON MARATHON

Mark Maddox from the Merseyside Branch and his running partner Tony Whitfield raised over £7,000 by running the London Marathon in April!

London Marathon 2013London Marathon 2013However this is NOT the impressive bit - Mark is living with Motor Neurone Disease and took part against the advice of his Doctors and loved ones!

Clearly running a Marathon is not a walk in the park but to undertake it whilst being so ill is remarkable! We are so proud of him and his willingness to use his own experience to raise awareness and to ultimately find a cure! Mark attracted national Press attention and rightly so!

SKYDIVE

Skydive gang30 people from across the country came together on 30th March to Skydive for the Merseyside Branch. The idea was to really celebrate and spread the word about our 30th anniversary; and that's what we did!

We took over the airfield in Lancaster and it took all day to get us up into the small planes and jump the 10,000 feet down to the ground! Some people even paid extra to jump from 15,000 feet! We raised over £3,000 between us and Barclays also matched some of that.

Massive thanks to all our brave jumpers for going the extra mile... literally!

RACE NIGHT

Peter Marrs hosted yet another brilliant Race Night. 19th April. Massive thanks for your continued support and for raising £850.

Boxing Day Dip 2012

Two volunteers Paige and Sarah took part in the Boxing Day Dip again in Llandudno for the third time to support MNDA. They donned Blue Santa suits (no football references!) and added a splash of orange to complete the MND colours!

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For video evidence see below!


Well done to Paige especially as she wasn't well at all but still braved the waves!
We need more people to join them next year as part of the #30430 campaign!?

October 2012

an astonishing achievement...

Mark MaddoxMark Maddox, age 39 living with MND ran this years Liverpool Marathon on 14th October with friends and family supporting him all the way. Mark, who is an ex professional footballer completed the 26.2 miles in a staggering 6 hours despite actually living with the disease!

We are all lost for words at his achievement and his determination to raise awareness not to mention the thousands of pounds he has already bought in for the branch.




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Summer 2012

Last of a Dying Breed ticketLast of a Dying Breed Fundraising Gig!

On September 7th Mark Maddox and his band 'Last of a Dying Breed' performed their first live gig in front of 200 people at The Blacklers Rooms above Tess Rileys In Liverpool. The band haven't been playing together for that long but have been friends since childhood so were very at home up on stage playing together.

Lots of songs were from their current album available on iTunes called 'Shoot the Moon'. They played 3 sets with raffles and an amazing sports auction in between where some much sought after memorabilia was on offer.

Mark Maddox Last of a Dying Breed on stage

The night was a huge success in both raising awareness and funds! To date the evening made over £7,000, thats IN ONE NIGHT!! ...and we're still collecting.

Last of a Dying Breed will be performing again very soon so keep you all posted.

Annual Bike Ride

Cyclists at Halewood ParkIn July over 70 people took part in our annual sponsored bike ride. This year some riders completed a 26 mile marathon route while others were able to opt for an 18 mile stretch. We rode from Breckfield Road to Halewood Visitors centre and back, stopping for lunch and a raffle half way. It was such an excellent day, the rain stayed away more or less and everyone took the journey at their own pace. We were able to work in partnership with Wheels For All again and Carol and Keith used adapted bikes to complete the route.

Keith Ten-Pow and his 'peddler' Daniel Bike ride cyclists

Special thanks to The Breckfield Centre for providing bikes and leading the ride, to Cycle Aigburth for providing a bike for the raffle and everyone who took part. Thank you.

Next year 30 miles? Really!!

 

How Did We Raise Awareness During June... ?

Miss Wirral cutting the ribbonWe hosted our very first clothes Swishing party in June, an unusual event but proved to be very popular. Guests enjoyed various stalls selling beauty products and vintage clothes. There was an opportunity to enjoy a free hand massage or mini make over courtesy of the Body Shop Clayton Square. Lots of entertainment including the talented Cherry Bomb who provided classic songs from her repertoire and we were very proud to introduce everyone to Conor Young, a 14 year old magician who made people scream regularly with his close up magic skills! We have already booked him for the ball next year!! (May 18th 2013)

A big thank you goes to Tracey Thomas from This Lady Loves and Sally Inkster from Diva Dressing who co ordinated the event and to everyone who bought a ticket and supported the evening.

We hope you are all enjoying your new outfits. We have had great feedback and will certainly think about holding another Swish in the future. We raised £881.32 pence on the night...

We took to the streets of Liverpool for our third annual walk to raise awareness and much needed funds. The rain didn't put us off we had a lovely day!

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Walk photo Walk photo

The Campbell family, collectively known as the CAMBO FAMBO! Organised a fantastic Race Night on 29th June in Woolton Conservative Club. Lots of happy winners and a lovely gathering. Hundreds of balloons inside and out set the scene and raised lots of awareness.
The family are still counting the takings but currently amount stands at £1,624 and 72 pence.

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Sarah decided to shave her hair shaved off in a desperate attempt to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease. Pictured above right: Sarah having her hair shaved by Leanne from Cabello barbers on London Road while daughter Paige looks on!

Sarah's much loved brother Stu died from MND Aged 38 leaving his two lovely boys Stanley and Arthur. He was a fit and happy father, son, brother and fantastic uncle until the disease took hold. It has been 5 years since Stuart died so Sarah decided to mark the anniversary by doing something 'different'. So far she has raised £600 for having her hair cut! Not bad!

Read more at Kristy Briggs' Studio Bold Liverpool blog.

Massive thank you to everyone who made the night such a success and see you all next year!

Spring 2012

London Marathon

Greg Dyson took part in the London marathon on Sunday 22 April 2012, in memory of his friend Les Macdowell, and to raise funs for the MND Association. Greg completed this amazing act in 5 hours and 15 minutes. He had a group of supporters that travelled sown to London with him. They attended the reception put on by the MND Association afterwards.

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London marathon photograph London marathon photograph

Pictured are, top-left: Greg mid-marathon; top-right: Denise McCutcheon, Katie and Lyn Macdowell; bottom-left: the Dysons with fellow supporters Lyn and Katie Macdowell, and Megan Hogan; and bottom-right: daughter Freya wearing Dad's medal, with wife Esther and son Jacob.

THANK YOU

MND Merseyside would like to say a big Thank You to The Bebington Branch of The University of The Third Age (U.3.A.) for raising £1,050.00 in memory of their fellow member and friend Francis Campbell-Smith who died from Motor Neurone Disease last year.

They raised this fantastic amount in a short time and in very resourceful ways. Thank you.

MOUNT CARMEL

The friends and family of John Marnell organised a very successful evening of entertainment in his memory on Saturday 28th April. Mount Carmel Club in Toxteth was the venue for this vibrant occasion that included a raffle, auction, Bingo and plenty of dancing especially when serenaded by the fabulous local band 'Simply Soul'!

In addition, we were treated to a special acapella performance from Katie Marnell that held everybody's attention! And to complete the night; a gorgeous bowl of scouse for all! The atmosphere was really special and MND Merseyside were delighted to be involved in the evening. An amazing £1,750 was made in one evening!

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In memory of Marge Carey

Committee member Marge Carey sadly passed away on 23rd January 2012, following her brave battle with MND. She managed to achieve such alot for our Branch in a short time, including securing our new patrons. The photo below is of Marge and Committee member Peter Marrs being presented with a cheque for the Branch from USDAW. Pictured with Marge and Peter are USDAW president Jeff Broom and USDAW General Secretary John Hannett.

USDAW cheque presentation photograph

Llandudno Dip Raises Funds for MND

Pictured at Llandudno are Sarah and Paige Milner who braved the Irish Sea on Boxing Day morning to raise money for MND. This was Paige's first time for the dip and her Mum, family and the Branch are very proud of her!

You can donate via the Donations page or by going direct to the branch JustGiving page.

Llandudno Dip photograph

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Autumn 2011

Autumn Ball - Formby Hall Golf Resort and Spa

Saturday 1st October 2011 was the date for the MNDA Merseyside Autumn Ball at Formby Hall. The night was a huge success raising over £5000. Over 230 people attended, and enjoyed fantastic entertainment from Ed Alexander, pianist, and singer Claire Simonsen. Lancashire Life Photographer attended, So we hope some party goers are featured soon! A huge thank you to everybody who attended, and joined in the raffle and auction, and made the night a great successs.

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Summer 2011

Liverpool Community College Raise Over £5000!

Liverpool Community College named MNDA as their 'charity of the year' following the death of their colleague Charlie Smith who was a tutor in the Engineering department at the college. Charlie's popularity amongst his many friends at the college meant that they were inspired to hold a number of events to raise awareness of MND and money which they chose to donate to the local Merseyside Branch. The events included a Talent night and a walk along the canal at Garstang and were attended by many staff and students and representatives from the branch. At the end of the academic year, a presentation of a cheque was made to Sheila Morley (Chair), Alun Owen and Keith Ten-Pow (Committee Members) on Friday 29th July. Total amount raised? Over £5,000! A fantastic amount that will do a lot to help people living with MND in Merseyside. Our huge thanks go to the staff and students of Liverpool Community College, especially the Marketing Manager David Scanlan and the Principal Elaine Bowker, for their amazing efforts and generosity.

Liverpool Community College present cheque to branch committee members
Photograph by Brian Roberts - www.brianrobertsimages.com

Southport-Formby Bike Ride - 18 July 2011

On 18 July 50 jolly cyclists set off in adverse conditions from the Eco centre Southport to Formby, to raise money and awareness for MND. After completing the first 8 miles we all had a much needed lunch in the Grapes in Formby. We then cycled back to Southport in lovely sunshine. Here are a selection of photos from the day. Sponsor money is still being collected, watch this space for total collected. We all had a fantastic and tiring day. Special thanks to Sarah for the organising a brilliant day.

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Annual Walk to D'Feat - saturday 18 June 2011

Walk to d'feat walkers

Pictured are the walkers who turned out for the Branches Annual Walk to D'Feat on Saturday 18 June 2011. We walked from the Anglican cathedral down to the Albert Dock - about 2 miles. Hopefully with our t shirts, balloons and flyers we raised awareness among the shoppers and tourists. We spoke to shoppers as we made our way through the city centre. This year we were not granted permission to collect, however many of the walkers were sponsored and raised funds for the Branch. The weather was pleasant and we all had an enjoyable time. Sheila Morley publicised the Walk the day before on Radio Merseyside.

Liverpool Community College

This year Liverpool Community College has chosen MND Merseyside as their Charity of the year. The college chose MND Merseyside in memory of Charlie Smith, a Gas Lecturer at the Colleges Vauxhall site, who had MND. One of the events they organised was a Talent Show that was held on Thursday 24th March. Sarah and Moira from the committee were invited along to represent the branch, and Sarah was on the panel of judges.

Charlie's friends and family attended what turned out to be a fantastic show, it was a shame there was only one winner as all the acts were marvellous. Jack Chloe and Beverley from the Enrichment Team worked very hard to organise the show and raffle. The night raised over £500 for the Association.

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Spring 2011

Bob Murray and Son Andrew Complete Half Marathon

Pictured following completing the Liverpool half marathon is Bob Murray, a friend and colleague of Charlie Smith. Bob raised £526 for the Liverpool Community college fund for MND Merseyside. An amazing effort. Bob is pictured with his son Andrew who also completed the half marathon.

Bob Murray at the finish lineBob Murray and son Andrew

Merseyside Branch Race Night Raises Over £900

A race night was held by the Merseyside branch on Friday 6 May. Organised by Peter Marrs in memory of his brother, it raised over £900 for the charity.

Peter MarrsMoira Furlong and friend

Peter and Jennie Reilly

Keith Ten Pow Receives People in Action nomination

Keith Ten Pow with his certificatePictured right is Keith Ten Pow with his certificate received for being nominated for a People in Action award, this award is hosted by Land Securities Group. Keith was nominated by Gordon Lee, Technical Services Manager at Land Securities, St Johns Shopping Centre. Keith, who has Motor Neurone Disease and is confined to a wheelchair, has been collecting in St Johns for the past five years.

Gordon said in his nomination, "Keith is very popular with the regular shoppers within St Johns and no matter what the weather holds, he always seems to arrive at the centre. I think the St Johns shoppers, retail staff, service providers and Land Securities staff are all richer people just by having met Keith."

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December 2010

Boxing Day Dip Raises Over £500

Sarah Milner did a Boxing Day sponsored swim at Llandudno and raised £548. Here are the photographs...

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Summer 2010

Golf Event at Huyton and Prescot Golf Club raises £400 on Behalf of Marge Carey

Huyton and Prescot Golf Club cheque presentation

The above photograph shows (from left to right) Club Captain Roy Clamp, Lady Captain Veronica Caulton and Edwin Longfellow, Seniors' Section Honorary Secretary, presenting a cheque for £400 to Alun Owen, Branch Secretary for the Merseyside Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

The money was raised in a recent Golf Event at Huyton and Prescot Golf Club on behalf of branch member (and Golf Club member) Marge Carey. The money will be used in the Merseyside area to help support those people living with Motor Neurone Disease.

MND is a rare condition that affects approximately 5000 people in the UK at any one time and the 90+ branches around the country raise funds to increase awareness, pay for research and meet the needs of everyone affected by Motor Neurone Disease. Further information of the branch's work can be obtained from the branch secretary, Alun Owen on 07711 308441.

walking for the cause

Walking for the Cause group photograph

A number of members of staff from Premier Wealth Management, the Commerce Park based Investment Management Group, recently completed a 15 mile walk for charity. The fund raisers set off from Scarisbrick and walked the 15 miles along the canal to Wigan. Overall the group raised over £500 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association through sponsorship and corporate support.

Karen Morgan, Office Manager, is pictured presenting the cheque to Sheila Morley from the Merseyside branch of the Motor Neurone Association, together with other members of staff who took part.

"I don't think I could have ever imagined that I would have been able to complete a 15 mile walk" said Hayley Chadwick, an Administrator for the Firm. "In the first few miles, I really did wonder what I had let myself in for!" Wendy Lunt, Accountant, also added "the first 10 miles were ok, but the last 5 miles killed me!"

Premier Wealth Management is committed to supporting both national and local charities through its charitable foundation.

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Spring 2010

Skydive

Following our Dad 'Dave' devastating diagnosis of MND on the 4th February 2010. We decided as a family that we were going to try and keep as positive as possible and take everyday as it comes.

A few days after the diagnosis my sister and I were both looking at the MND Association Website to find that we could get involved with fundraising. This seemed like a brilliant idea to raise awareness for the charity, as a lot of people who we told about our Dad, they didn't seem to exactly what the disease involved and certainly didn't know that there is currently no cure.

Firstly, it was my sister (Amy Campbell) and myself (Katie Campbell) who arranged to complete the skydive and aimed to raise £800.00 for MND Research. Shortly after we had booked the jump, our close friend (Samantha Evans) asked whether she could be involved and we were so happy that she was prepared to jump out of the plane with us for such a worthy cause and that is now so close to our hearts.

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We were originally meant to complete the skydive on Sunday 18th April 2010, but unfortunately we could not do so due to the Icelandic Volcanic Ash Cloud, which has drifted our way. We completed the 14,000ft skydive on Friday 23rd April 2010, consisting of a 10,000ft freefall. The experience was absolutely amazing and not only did we reach our original target, we have currently raised £2471.00 (on and offline).

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We would be truly grateful for any further donations on
www.justgiving.com/amy-and-katie-campbell.

We would just like to say a huge thank you to our family, friends, colleagues and to the people that we do not even know that have donated. Without all these kind people we would not have been able to raise such a fantastic amount of funds and awareness.

Katie Campbell