LETTER: Magnificent sum to tackle disease

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June was Motor Neurone Disease awareness month and on June 20th supporters and friends of the local North West Sussex Branch held a street collection in Horsham town centre.

Thanks to the generosity of local people they raised a magnificent £1,680.05 and this money will be used to help those living with MND and to fund vital research. The Branch would also like to thank Horsham District Council for the street licence and the management of Swan Walk and Pirie’s Place for allowing collections on their premises.

MND is a terminal disease for which there is no cure and affects about 5,000 people in the UK of all ages and both genders; 50 per cent of people die within 14 months of diagnosis and 90 per cent within five years.

Current research is looking into the cause and much research is looking into genetics with the hope that if the cause can be found then treatments and a cure can be discovered so that one day there will be life without MND.

It is a degenerative disease and the body gets weaker so everyday living becomes more and more difficult, even simple tasks like doing up a button, tying a shoelace, shaving become difficult and as time goes by the level of care required increases.

Many people with MND lose the ability to speak, have breathing and swallowing difficulties, it affects people in many different ways.

The money collected in Horsham will help the local branch to support those people living with MND in this area, so a big, big thank you to everyone who supported the collection.

ANDY SPRIGGS

Pinewood Close, Broadbridge Heath

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