My name is Sally Arnott and I live in Melbourn near Cambridge with my husband Richard and our four boys. So why have we been raising funds for East Kent MNDA? My sister Helen and her husband Simon Flack live near Sandwich in Kent. At the end of July 2019 they celebrated their Silver Wedding Anniversary with a super barn dance near Saffron Walden for all their friends and family. It was such a wonderful party yet we had no idea that their lives were soon to be be upended. During August Simon accepted that his speech and general health were deteriorating and agreed to seek medical advice. He was eventually tested in January 2020 and diagnosed with Progressive Bulbar Palsy MND. The MND Association has provided Simon and Helen with such exceptional support and guidance that I decided to hold an Autumn Half Term Family Fundraiser by way of thanks and to ensure that their great work can continue, especially as fundraising events have been severely limited by Covid.
Because of the challenge of the global pandemic, it was important to do something people could do in their household bubbles. I created a family bike ride route with a hunt for clues and a woodland animal hunt with autumn leaf craft suggestions, both routes for £5 per family. I held a raffle with the generous support of local businesses kindly donating items including a cream tea for two, a mini facial, fancy tea and coffee, chocolates and prosecco and a large fruit basket. The Autumn Half Term Family Fundraiser finished on Sunday 1st Nov to coincide with our village walking market where my sister Jane, her partner Allen and I held a cake stall and sold more raffle tickets. I’m delighted to say that in total we made over £1600. It was so much more than I was originally hoping for and seeing the donations on the branch’s Justgiving page gave us some positivity at a difficult time! Since that event, Jane raised a further £200 from a cake stall at her workplace, Sawston Medical Centre near Cambridge, with other donations online from her colleagues. People have been amazingly generous!
From Kent to Cambridgeshire with a massive thank you ………….
Our East Kent Group and people living with MND in East Kent can’t thank Sally, Jane and their families enough for the fundraising events they have organised to raise over £1,800. This huge sum will go a long way to providing additional support for people living here with MND, especially in these Covid difficult times. Seeing great photos of the children taking part has lead us to believe we will definitely steal the idea of the Family Woodland Bike Ride – in the spring/summer of next year!!!!!