The Motor Neurone Disease Association was formed in 1979 by a group of volunteers who wanted to coordinate support, guidance and advice for people affected by the illness.
It is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland working to help people with MND secure the care and support they need, whilst also promoting research into causes, treatments and a cure.
As a leader in funding and promoting MND research, the Association helps kick-start exciting new areas of investigation into MND to help understand the causes and, most importantly, how to cure it so that it no longer devastates lives.
Few disorders are as devastating as MND. Imagine being trapped inside a body that can’t move, that’s the devastating reality of MND. It is a rapidly progressive, fatal disease that can affect any adult at any time. The cause of MND is unknown and there is no known cure.
It attacks the motor neurones that send messages from the brain to the muscles, leaving people unable to walk, talk or feed themselves. Around 5,000 people in the UK have MND at any one time. With no cure half die within 14 months of diagnosis.
It is impossible to convey in words the overwhelming and devastating nature of a disease which in as little as a year can turn a potent, able parent, partner and employee into someone totally dependent on others for the simplest and most private actions we all take for granted.
Five people die every day from MND – help us fight back.
To support people living with MND text BEAT06 to 70070
For more information visit www.mndassociation.org