Fell racing event raises £1140 for Motor Neurone Disease – news from Omega Care
A successful annual Shropshire fell racing event has raised more funds to help local sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and their families. The 36th Devil’s Chair Dawdle or Dash at Stiperstones brought in £1140. Proceeds will be shared between the Omega care for life local MND support programme, and Severn Hospice.
Over 400 entrants completed the challenging event on Boxing Day 2014. Omega would like to thank organisers John and Geoff Sproson, and Phil and Lara Jones of the Stiperstones Inn, and all fundraisers and participants for their generosity.
The Omega MND support team is seeking personal donations, fundraising partners, and sponsorship from businesses to support more patients and their families. Caring families and sufferers are offered on-going support, tablet computers and speech synthesizing software, enabling patients who cannot speak to communicate.
Omega Clinical Director Nikki Sawkins said: “The Team have been inspired by families affected by Motor Neurone Disease. We shall continue to respond quickly to requests for support on behalf of MND patients in Shropshire and Montgomeryshire, Powys.” Omega intends to provide more support; Mrs Sawkins continued: “We are working hard to extend the impact of this important initiative. We are grateful for the help we have already received from generous donors, delivery partners and dedicated, highly-skilled volunteers Last month we received a charitable grant in the sum of £5,000 from the February Foundation to help us increase the level of family support.”
MND, also known as Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a rare, progressive, neurological disorder without cure. Diagnosis can be delayed by several months after symptoms emerge and around half of those affected die within three to four years of diagnosis. Losing the ability to speak is common in advanced cases.
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