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Charity gifts £100,000 to support the MND Association’s coronavirus efforts

CHALLENGING MND has joined forces with the MND Association to improve the quality of life of people living with motor neurone disease. The charity has gifted the MND Association with £100,000, which will be used to create memorable experiences and provide additional financial support for the MND community in response to the pandemic.

Challenging MND is a charity that aims to help those living with MND complete challenges and fulfil dreams to create lasting memories. The MND Association focuses on improving access to care, research and campaigning for those people living with or affected by MND in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Working together, the two charities aim to make a real difference in the lives of those living with MND.

Alex Gibson, Founder of Challenging MND, said: 

“This is a call to action for fellow motor neurone disease sufferers. The pandemic has been hard for all of us. For anyone living with a terminal condition in these strange circumstances, it has been even harder. But there is help available. If you, like me, are living with MND or caring for someone with the condition, please get in touch. We want to help, and these grants are there for you – whether to boost your living costs or help you get away somewhere with your family when the restrictions allow.

“Our aim as a charity is all about creating memories and achieving your dreams. We are a new charity – just two years old – and we are so proud of our amazing supporters who, in difficult circumstances, have put us in this position where we can pledge such a substantial amount of money. We have helped many people, but we want to help many more and joining forces with the MND Association enables us to do that. Get in touch with us or the MND Association, and you can benefit from the gift we have made.”

The MND Association will use the gift of £100,000 from Challenging MND in two ways:

  • MND Association Coronavirus Emergency Grant: £10,000 will be used to provide new Coronavirus Emergency Grants made between now and the end of April 2021. Grants of up to £250 are offered in response to the coronavirus pandemic to help people living with MND who may be struggling with additional living costs as a result of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) such as food shopping or bills.
  • MND Association Quality of Life Grants: Designed to make a difference to those living with or affected by MND. Grants of up to £500 are available. Challenging MND’s gift will provide the first £250 of each grant made with the balance of funding, up to the maximum limit set, provided by the MND Association. These grants will be made in line with the charity’s aim where possible will contribute towards Holidays & Short breaks, Hobbies & Entertainment or Complementary Therapy.

Ian Gardner, Head of Development at the MND Association, said: 

“We are so grateful to Alex, his team and all of those people who have supported him over the last couple of years. This money which they have pledged to the MND Association’s grant funding programme, will go directly to people affected by MND through our Quality of Life and COVID Emergency Grants.

“To have been able to continue to raise money and take on the amazing challenges they have during lockdown is phenomenal, and I can assure all those involved their efforts will make a real difference to our shared community.”

Alex, aged 43, founded Challenging MND following his own diagnosis. Throughout his life, Alex has had a huge interest in sport and fitness, representing Great Britain in the decathlon and playing rugby for Barking, Brentwood, and Loughborough University. So far, Alex has raised over £170,000 for charity. If you would like to find out more about getting involved with Challenging MND, please call Andrew Cappaert, Chief Executive, Challenging MND on 01268 813950, email: Andrew.cappaert@challengingmnd.org; visit: www.challengingmnd.org or join the CMND community on social media (Facebook; Instagram; and Twitter).

If you would like to donate to Challenging MND, please visit: https://www.challengingmnd.org/make-a-donation. Any money raised will be for Challenging MND, a charity that aims to help those living with MND complete challenges and fulfil dreams to create lasting memories.

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