Bridport Christmas Tree Festival
We took part in Bridport's Christmas Tree Festival with our tree decorated in Association colours. Thank you to Jane for decorating our tree.
MND Global Awareness Day
Bridport Town Hall was illuminated orange, to represent the Motor Neurone Disease Association, on 21st June to raise awareness of Global MND Awareness Day that occurs every year on 21 June.
The following Saturday (23rd) we had a street collection at Bucky Doo Square, Bridport to raise awareness and funds for our branch. It was a beautiful sunny morning and it was lovely to see so many people out and about happy to donate spare change to our cause. We raised £224.13 in total which is amazing and we are planning to turn this into an annual event, perhaps even in other West Dorset towns for MND Global Awareness Day. Thank you to our volunteers who kindly gave up their time to stand in the heat! Most of all, thank you to everyone who kindly donated.
Eype Christmas Makers' Market
We are pleased to announce that the raffle at the Eype Christmas Makers' Market managed to raise £950 for our branch. This is a fantastic result, thank you to everyone involved with organising the event and to those who bought raffle tickets to support us.
MND All-Party Parliamentary Reception
The annual MND parliamentary reception was held on Tuesday 17 October 2017 in partnership with the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on motor neurone disease (MND).
Over 130 volunteers travelled to Westminster in October last year including 39 people living with MND, the largest ever gathering of people with MND at an Association event. Our own West Dorset Branch was represented by Richard Sloan, Jon and Jenny Ash and Richard Saunders seen here with MND Patron, TV presenter and “Strictly” contestant Charlotte Hawkins whose father died of MND.
Over 50 parliamentarians were represented at the reception from a variety of constituencies across the country.
Volunteers spoke to MPs from their area about issues that affect people living with MND, such as the additional financial cost of living with MND and shared personal experiences.
The APPG on MND launched their highly anticipated report on access to Personal Independence Payment (PIP). The inquiry found that people with MND were experiencing problems throughout the PIP process – from finding out about the benefit in the first place, to being reassessed unnecessarily. The APPG is to lobby the relevant ministers and government departments to correct these extra burdens that people have to face.
Well done to Jean Riley, one of our AVs, and her friend Peggy Fry for taking part in a skydive, in September 2017, raising £2600 for our branch.
Branch Sponsored Walk in Weymouth
On the 10th September 2017 a group of us set off on our first annual walk from Overcombe Corner to Weymouth Pavilion. It was a really enjoyable walk with beautiful scenery and we just managed to finish before the bad weather started! It was so nice seeing so many join in and support us. We raised a total of £805 and you can still donate to our Justgiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/westdorsetbranch. We hope that this will be the start of us having sponsored walks every year and it will be great to see even more people join us!