MND sufferer to complete double fundraising challenge

Cath Muir with sons James and David.

A woman diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) will complete a double fundraising challenge this weekend.

Last weekend, Cath Muir, from Eppleby, was pushed around the Great North Run by sons James and David.

This weekend, Cath is organising a six-mile sponsored walk round the Eppleby area including providing refreshments afterwards.

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It is almost four-and-a-half years since Cath was diagnosed with MND.

She said: “Every year since then we have raised a lot of awareness and funds for the MNDA.

“Each February we have organised a dinner dance where we have raised around £4,000 each time to split between the James Cook MND unit and the Butterwick Hospice MND First Contact group.
“Last year my sister and I did the coast to coast on a tandem over three days and raised over £6,000.
“I have completed this years first challenge which was the London Nightrider in June.
“Out of the 62 miles I managed 40.5 and had to be picked up on a quad bike as my legs just wouldn’t take any more.”
Participants taking part in the sponsored walk on Sunday are being asked to raise £50 in sponsorship.
The walk will start at 2pm at Eppleby village hall where Cath will serve refreshments to walkers afterwards.
Participants are being asked to wear orange and blue.
To take part, email Cath at cathmuir760@gmail.com or call 01325 718235.

MND is a fatal rapidly progressing disease attacking the brain and nervous system eventually stopping all muscle use.

A third of people die within a year and over half within two years.

Fortunately Cath’s is relatively slow processing allowing her to continue working and spending time raising funds and awareness for the MNDA and patients.