CHAR­ITY DAY

Rutherglen Reformer - - CHARITY DAY - Jonathan Ged­des

Two lo­cal mums have helped to or­gan­ise an event to raise funds for a good cause at King’s Park pri­mary school this week­end.

The MND Char­ity Day will take place on Satur­day (Septem­ber 12) and aims to earn cash for those af­fected by the dis­ease, which has no known cure, with all the funds raised go­ing to­wards the MND Scot­land char­ity.

It’s the brain­child of Castlemilk woman Char­lene Craig and her pal Irene O’Malley, who stays in King’s Park.

Char­lene’s hus­band Mark was di­ag­nosed with mo­tor neu­rone dis­ease two years ago.

The dev­as­tat­ing di­ag­no­sis had a huge im­pact on the 40-year-old’s life, and he can now no longer walk.

His wife Char­lene (34) said: “Mark was di­ag­nosed in Au­gust 2013.

“It was dev­as­tat­ing - we thought it would be a trapped nerve, or, at worst, MS.

“Then when we got the news we were numb. “We just didn’t be­lieve it at first. “He seemed fine, he was walk­ing around with­out any prob­lems, so how could this be?

“Then af­ter that he started hav­ing wee falls and things like that.

“He keeps up­beat though, and the two kids keep us oc­cu­pied!

“His mo­bil­ity is very poor so when he goes out he needs a wheel­chair, but apart from that he still works for RBS.

“He man­ages to work from home so that keeps him oc­cu­pied as well, and it helps keep his spir­its up.”

Both Char­lene and Irene have chil­dren at King’s Park, which made it a nat­u­ral choice to host the fun day.

Char­lene be­lieves that events like Satur­day can have sev­eral ben­e­fits for the MND cause, be­cause they raise both funds and aware­ness.

MND Scot­land’s fund­ing comes through do­na­tions, mean­ing any cash con­tri­bu­tion can have a big ef­fect.

Char­lene added: “The more aware that peo­ple are about the char­ity then the more do­na­tions they can get and hope­fully one day that will lead to a cure.

“They need funds for re­search, so things like this can get the aware­ness out and hope­fully we can get a cure.”

Her friend Irene was happy to help or­gan­ise the day.

Irene said: “We’ve never done any­thing like this be­fore, but we thought a few months ago that we should try to do some­thing.

“We’ve ar­ranged a lot of things for the day, so it’s just about hop­ing there’s foot­fall through the doors now!

“On the day we’re go­ing to have an an­i­mal show from 1.30pm to 2.30pm, where some­one is bring­ing along var­i­ous an­i­mals to show the chil­dren.

“We’ve got a mas­sive raf­fle planned, with lots of prizes, like sta­dium tours at Celtic and Rangers.

“Then there’s go­ing to be an auc­tion later on, with prizes like a signed Rangers top and gi­ant stuffed toys of Mike and Sully from the film Mon­sters Inc that the En­ter­tainer store kindly pro­vided.

“There’ll be things for kids like face­paint­ing and a chance to get tat­toos done, too.

“The sup­port we’ve had from peo­ple about this has been bril­liant - they’ve been so sup­port­ive and help­ful.

“I think we’ve been over­whelmed by how keen peo­ple have been to get in­volved and help out.”

Char­lene has been over­whelmed by the sup­port too.

She added: “We started think­ing about it well be­fore the sum­mer hol­i­days, and the re­sponse has been amaz­ing. Ev­ery­one has re­ally pulled to­gether for this.”

The MND Char­ity Day will take place at King’s Park this Satur­day from 1pm to 4pm.

Tick­ets are £2 for adults, 50p for kids and un­der- 3s go free. The en­try fee in­cludes tea, cof­fee, hot cho­co­late or a soft drink.

MND is a pro­gres­sive dis­ease that at­tacks the mo­tor neu­rones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord, mean­ing mes­sages grad­u­ally stop reach­ing mus­cles, which leads to weak­ness and wast­ing.

It can af­fect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe, and has af­fected the likes of Stephen Hawk­ing, for­mer Rangers foot­baller Fer­nando Rick­sen and Celtic great Jimmy John­stone.

MND Scot­land pro­vides care and sup­port to those af­fected by the dis­ease.

They also pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and ed­u­ca­tion ser­vices to healthcare pro­fes­sion­als, as well as fund­ing re­search into pos­si­ble cures.

More in­for­ma­tion on the char­ity can be found at www.mnd­scot­land.org.uk

Do­ing their bit (from left) Irene O’Malley, Lo­gan O’Malley (6), Mrs Ali­son O’Hara, Char­lene Craig, Jes­sica Craig (9) and Ben Craig (6)

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