The Milton Keynes branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association has received a £15,000 donation from MK based commercial vehicle specialist Brian Currie.
The money will be used to fund their drop-in meetings for the next three years, a sponsorship deal that MK MNDA branch chair Charlie Reece described as an ‘exciting first’ for the assocation.
“We are incredibly excited by our partnership with Brian Currie Ltd and sincerely hope that other MNDA branches follow suit,” he said.
“By making this link with Brian Currie a lot of the pressure of fundraising has been lifted, allowing us to really concentrate on making lives better for people who are suffering with this cruel disease.
“These meetings, which cost around £5000 a year to run, are worth every penny.
“Half of the costs are for wheelchair taxis which take so much of the hassle out of the trip, especially for people in the advanced stages of MND.
“The meetings are immensely uplifting for everyone involved amd really do help to lighten the load for those facing the most horrendous challenges,” Charlie added.
Huw Teasdale, managing director of Brian Currie made the presentation. Mr Teasdale recently lost his brother to MND.
“As a local company we are committed to helping local causes and to be able to support one so close to our hearts really means something,” he said.
MND is a fatal, rapidly progressive disease affecting the brain and spinal chord. It can leave people locked into a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breath.
It affects up to 5000 adults in the UK at any one time and kills six people every day. There is no cure.
In Milton Keynes, 26 people are suffering from MND and around half regularly attend the drop-in meetings.
For more information visit www.mndassociation.org