Hikers walk through Cleethorpes to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease charity
MORE than 107 hikers donned royal blue T-shirts for a five-mile walk in Cleethorpes to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease.
The Grimsby and Cleethorpes branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) raised more than £760 to help sufferers of the degenerative condition and their families on Sunday – and a further £400 has also been pledged.
The five-mile Sea Wall Walk was from Meridian Park to the Pier and back, past the start point and on past the Humberston Fitties.
The blue t-shirts, which were handed out at the event, had the charity's logo on the front.
The idea was as much to raise awareness as to raise money.
MNDA branch chairman Lisa Blow said: "There are a great number of people in the area, and just outside, who suffer from Motor Neurone Disease, yet many people don't even know what it is.
"We wanted to raise awareness about the disease and also show those that might suffer from it that there is help available locally.
"I'm not sure how much we have raised but it must be well over £500."
The disease affects the nervous system and means that suffers often have trouble using their limbs. It is also a life-limiting illness and the average life expectancy is less than two years after diagnosis.
However, the MNDA provides support for sufferers and their families, as well as equipment, to make those final months easier.
John Bate, 65, of Rymer Place, was diagnosed nearly two years ago and has received some fantastic support from the charity.
"I now have all the equipment I need so that I can still do things for myself.
"They bought me the electric scooter and adapted the bathroom in my house.
"The charity has done an awful lot for me," he said.
Mr Bate's wife Francis, 65, added: "The charity has been very supportive of both of us.
"If you ever need anything, they are there for you."
Lee Cook, 34, of Waltham put his best foot forward for the charity.
Mr Cook said: "It is a really good cause but the charity is not that well known.
"With events like this, hopefully people will be more aware of what they do.
"I think that the charity is going from strength to strength at the moment.
"Hopefully, as it gets more well-known, it will be able to attract more funds.
"That would be great news as the more money it can raise, the more people it can help."
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For more details, visit www.mndassociation.org