Ra­dio re­calls mu­sic ther­apy of MND vic­tim

Macclesfield Express - - THE LAUGHING BADGER -

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

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