Ro­tar­i­ans con­trib­ute for dis­ease sup­port

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

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

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