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Ormskirk comes together in support of Motor Neurone Disease

Quiz night raises almost £600 and people undertake the ice bucket challenge

Alun Owen Chairman Merseyside branch MNDA, Chris Allen Clwyd Branch MNDA

A quiz night held to raise money and awareness of Motor Neurone disease was heralded a success by the organisers, after three of them completed the ice bucket challenge.

The event was held at O’Briens Tea Rooms in Ormskirk and raised almost £600 for the charity.

Stewart Cranage, a committee member of the Merseyside branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, was organiser and quiz master, he said: “I lost by brother-in-law to this cruel disease 11 years ago and since then have been actively fundraising.

“Many people don’t know what MND is and I’d love to make people more aware of this disease as it gets no public funding.

“The MND Association is the only organisation in the UK to offer support to people living with MND.”

The Merseyside branch recently celebrated its 30th year and is run entirely by volunteers with the sole aim of serving all those people in the area affected by motor neurone disease. This includes people with MND, their carers, family and friends. It relies entirely on donations.

MND is an incurable condition that paralyses the muscles leaving people unable to do everyday things the rest of us take for granted. Walking talking and swallowing become virtually impossible, yet the mind and senses remain intact. There is no cure.

The ice bucket challenge currently sweeping the UK is in support of MND or as it’s know in America ASL - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

To end the evening the chairman of the Merseyside branch, Alun Owen and Chris Allen from the Clwyd MNDA branch completed their ice bucket challenge and challenged two others to do the same.

Stewart said: “The evening was a great success and the ice bucket challenge at the end was brilliant.

“I think anything that brings more awareness of MND is great and it’s amazing to see celebrities such as David Beckham completing the challenge, as it really brings it into the public eye.

“I’m due to undertake my challenge soon and encourage others to do the same.”

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