SHIRLEY’S Amy De Ville is helping to organise a sponsored walk to raise awareness of an often-overlooked but devastating disease.
The 29-year-old accountant got involved with the Birmingham and Solihull branch of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.
Members aim to provide support to sufferers and their families and fund vital research into the condition - which affects up to 5000 people in the UK.
“We held this event for the first time last year, around 80 people took part and we raised around £5000,” said Amy.
Sisters Linda Hadley and Susan Curry, from the Earlswood and Wythall area, have first-hand experience of the disease.
Their mother, Joan Roberts, succumbed to MND at the age of 85.
“It’s a terrible disease,” said Linda. “It can be devastating how quickly it can take hold and it affects people of all ages.
“In some cases, families can go from a diagnosis to losing the person in a space of months.”
The MND walk is at Cannon Hill Park on July 8 (two or five kms).
To get involved call Christina Pendleton on 07769 172380 or email firstname.lastname@example.org