Radio recalls music therapy of MND victim
THE story of a man who used music to fight off the effects of disease has featured on a radio programme.
Mark Lonsborough, from Poynton, bravely battled motor neurone disease from 2001 until his death last April.
He used musical therapy to fend off the affects of the fatal condition which destroys the nerves that power the muscles.
After his death his widow Lindsey took part in a radio programme called Music as Medicine which aired on BBC Radio 2.
Speaking of her experience recording the programme Lindsey said: “The producers wanted to know about Mark’s experience with music therapy and how he benefited from it. Towards the end of last year they came and recorded Julia, Mark’s music therapist, and myself telling Mark’s story. They also took a recording of Mark singing with Julia.
“It was a great programme and I understand it reached a lot of listeners.”
Mark was an electrical engineer, musician with Royal British Legion Poynton Band and father of two when he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2001.
He was told the condition would lead to paralysis and death, and this would happen within five years. But Mark managed to survive 13 years after diagnosis.
Speaking to the Express in 2013 Mark said singing helped improve his lung capacity when it began to reduce. Mark and Lindsey also played their part in raising awareness of the disease and put on a screening of the documentary ‘I Am Breathing’.
Lindsey said she hopes the new film about Stephen Hawking, which is about to hit cinemas, will do the same.
She said: “I miss him terribly. He was a lovely man.”
●● A Poynton businessman was among football fans who recreated the Christmas Truce match. Among the players was Paul Kenyon, owner of Clingfoyle, (in blue) based at Poynton Industrial Estate
●● Lindsey and Mark Lonsborough