Rotarians contribute for disease support
Tenterden Rotary Club presented the Motor Neurone Disease Association with a donation of £1,200 at a club meeting last Thursday evening.
The venue was moved to the buffet of the Kent and East Sussex Railway so that guest speaker Mark Styles would have easy access.
Mr Styles gave club members first-hand information about Motor Neurone Disease (MND) being a sufferer himself.
He explained there are 5,000 people diagnosed with MND in the UK, one third of whom will die within a year of diagnosis. By the end of year two the mortality rate is 50%. There is no cure. The illness is thought to be a combination of genetic disposition and environmental triggers.
The MND Association, which Mr Styles represents, has 7,000 members, runs a helpline and 20 care centres in England and Wales, employing 170 staff.
Thanking the Rotary Club, Mr Styles said: “It’s an expensive business, being ill.”
Mark Styles, left, accepts a cheque on behalf of MNDA from Ian Mowat, Tenterden Rotary Club president, and Chris Milne, the club’s community chair