The Ruby Walk to D’Feet MND took place in Canterbury on Sunday 6th October.
Under lowering skies, we hoped for a period without rain and our prayers were answered and our walk went ahead without a single drop of rain.
This year is the 40th anniversary of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. To mark this event Brian Sackett and his sister Hilary Smith organised the Ruby Walk to D’Feet MND. Both Brian and Hilary lost partners to MND, so it is a subject very close to their hearts.
Brian and Hilary hoped that 40 walkers would walk for 40 minutes and raise £40 in sponsorship, a target of £1600.
54 Walkers turned out on the day, walking for 40 minutes around the athletics track at Lifestyle Fitness in Canterbury, raising the astonishing sum of £3,113 in sponsorship.
The event started with a group photograph of all the Walkers by the Kentish Gazette, which we hope will be published in their next edition.
Walkers came from all parts of East Kent and some walkers travelled from as far as the Isle of Sheppey.
Huge thanks to Brian and Hilary for organising this excellent event, especially thanks to all 54 walkers who jointly raised £3,113 in sponsorship to date, a fabulous amount which will be used to support people living with MND in East Kent and to contribute towards researching a cure for this devastating disease.
We would also like to thank Lifestyle Fitness for allowing us to use their track and to Kentish Gazette and the KM Group for their support and especially to everyone who contributed monies towards this great fund-raising event
If anyone has any sponsorship remaining to be paid, please send your cheque made out to MNDA East Kent to 171 Percy Avenue, Broadstairs, Kent, CT10 3LE or alternately to Just Giving at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rubywalk2019 If you use the Just Giving Link please indicate this is sponsor monies for the Ruby Walk.
Anyone wishing to donate can also use the Just Giving link above.
You can see Brian and Hilary give an interview to Kent Online. It is very moving and worth a read: https://www.kentonline.co.uk/canterbury/news/i-thought-it-can-t-strike-our-family-again-how-wrong-was-i-210322/ this link also takes you to the KMTV interview.