On August 18th 2012 a group of supporters, including Burdens staff, participated in two events based on Rutland Water - a 25 mile sponsored walk around Rutland Water together with a 50 mile sponsored trek starting from Melton Mowbray, then joining the lake walkers and completing the loop back at Melton Mowbray. More details about these epic walking routes can be found on the website: www.walkonrutlandwater.org
All proceeds raised will be donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) to support their valuable work researching into the disease and providing support for people affected by it.
DONATE NOW visit: www.mygift.org.uk/walkonrutlandwater
Before October 2010 my life was great. I was a healthy 39 year old Police Sergeant with the Leicestershire Constabulary, happily married to Angie with two beautiful Children; Lewis then 16 and Caitlin 11. I would play golf as often as possible and thoroughly enjoyed Kyokushinkai Karate where I was looking forward to my first full contact fight. During a family holiday in October 2010 I noticed that my right foot was not functioning correctly. On 9th September 2011 and after many tests my Consultant diagnosed Motor Neurone Disease. My family and I were absolutely devastated.
It has been a hard diagnosis to come to terms with as there is currently no known cure. However, I made the decision not to sit back on my laurels and dwell on my illness but to bring the illness to the forefront of people’s minds and raise as much money as I could, whilst I still could. These funds will help towards research into the disease and also help other sufferers achieve the best quality of life possible.
I now have an ethos, “Live Strong, Party Hard”, and I would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank everyone who takes part and supports this event.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles which leads to weakness and wasting. MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. However, not all symptoms necessarily happen to everyone and it is unlikely they will all develop at the same time, or in any specific order.
Although there is currently no cure for MND, symptoms can be managed to help achieve the best
possible quality of life.
Only 5,000 people at one time have MND in the UK so funding is vitally important. It does not receive the same level of Government funding as say, Cancer Research, so your help and support is crucial to help find a cure for this debilitating disease.