Local MP meets fundraisers at Ness Point
Inspired by his wife Ann who has Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Barrie Burgess of Caister-on-Sea organised a cycle ride from Cley in North Norfolk to Ness Point in Lowestoft (via Long Stratton for an overnight stop) to raise funds for the MND Association. Jeremy Woodruff from Carlton Colville helped in the organisation and arranged for Peter Aldous MP to meet them at Ness Point.
MND is a rapidly progressive, fatal disease with no cure that leaves adults unable to walk, talk and feed themselves, but the intellect and senses are usually unaffected. It affects around 5,000 people in the UK at any one time and half will die within 14 months of diagnosis.
Ann who has a rare form which is slower burning joined the other cyclists on her battery powered trike for 11 miles (some pedalling) and their son Max cycled 35 miles on the 2nd day along with Linda Nolan. Barrie, Jeremy and Barry Hipwell covered between 85 and 117 miles each over 2 days and raised over £1300 between them.
Peter Aldous MP said:
“It was a tremendous effort by Ann to take part in the Cycle Ride. MND is a crippling and dehabilatating condition and it showed great courage and determination on her part to join the Ride. It is important to raise awareness of MND and to promote further medical research in to both its causes, ways of alleviating pain and slowing it’s onset.”
Photo: Jeremy, Linda, Peter Aldous MP at back, Max, Ann, Barrie and Barry.