Group News 2016

The next meeting is on Wednesday 25 May 2016. 1pm till 3 pm, at St Matthew's Church Hall, Darley Abbey Drive, Darley Abbey, Derbyshire, DE22 1EE.

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Items of news on this page:

Charity Music Night

Bucket collections

Walk to d’feet 2015 – Hardwick Hall

What an achievement

The Theory Of Everything

A Walk With A Purpose


Thank you for your Ice Bucket Challenge donations.

Walk to D’feet MND 2014 


Charity Music Night

Alison Richards and Kay Barber have organised a charity music night on Friday 15th May 2015 featuring Elvis & Freddie as King & Queen. Tickets are now on sale and cost £7.50 with all the proceeds going to the MND Association, Nightingale Macmillan & a chosen charity of the Watson 5 in honour of George.
For more info ring Allison on 07971 398859 or Kay on 07813 528788 or contact the Derbyshire Group.
If you can't attend but would like to donate, all support is gratefully received.

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Bucket collections

Thank you to everyone who gave up an hour or two of their time to help out with the collection at the Ripley Co-operative store on Saturday 7 March 2015. A grand total of £170.48 was raised in aid of the Derbyshire MND Support Group.

My grateful thanks to everyone who volunteered to stand and collect at the Tesco Metro store in Derby on Friday and Saturday 20/21 March. It was a very successful 2 days raising £276.27 in aid of the MND Association.

Our grateful thanks are extended to the people of Ripley and Derby for their generosity and to the staff of Ripley Co-op and Tesco’s who made us feel very welcome.

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Walk to D’feet 2015 – Hardwick Hall

This year the Derbyshire Dawdlers will walk in the footsteps of Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury, better known to everyone as Bess of Hardwick, one of the county’s most commanding and intriguing women even in the Tudor court of Elizabeth the 1st.

We can now confirm that this year’s sponsored walk will be held at Hardwick hall on Sunday 14 June 2015 commencing at 10.00am. The 4-mile circular route starts and finishes at the visitors’ car park. Car parking charges are £3.00, unless you are a National Trust member, then, I understand parking is free.

Over the past few years we have experienced a low number of people registering to take part in the sponsored walks, between 15 and 20 people. Because of the low numbers in recent years I have only asked permission, from the Hardwick Estate Office, for 30 participants in this year’s walk.

If you would like to register and join us on Sunday 14 June to raise much needed funds for the Derbyshire MND Support Group, you can contact David by telephone on 01773 743437 or by e-mail at for more information and a registration form.

Hardwick - The new hall Elizabeth, Countess of Shrewsbury ardwick - The old hall


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What an achievement

The St Joseph's Church Hall was the venue for the MND Christmas Party on the 10th December 2014. A good time was had by all who attended. There was a huge display of raffle prizes 85 in total donated by a variety of local firms, group members and friends. It was also the occasion to recognise a huge achievement in that the

Derbyshire MND Support Group /Branch had raised Half a Million pounds since it's conception in 1986,28 years ago. Earlier in the year Brenda Bowman had informed the MND Association of this. At the party Donna Young MND Regional Fundraiser for Central England recognised this great achievement and the part that David Broughton and Brenda Bowman have played in being involved over the past 25 years in supporting people and raising funds for the MND Derbyshire Group /Branch. She also paid tribute to all those who have worked tirelessly and have contributed to raising this phenomenal amount of money.

The party also acknowledge another Big Effort in raising money for the Derbyshire MND Support Group. In September Ian Gifford, colleagues from the office and friends completed a sponsored walk following parts of the Pennine Way. They were hoping to raise £2500 in tribute to Ian's mother. They did phenomenally well as they raised an astonishing £7000. At the party Mark Jones from Nat West bank alongside Ian Gifford presented a cheque to Brenda Bowman for the MND Derbyshire Support Group funds for £7000.

By Janet Jackson (Newsletter March 2015)

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The Theory Of Everything

A group of volunteers from the Derbyshire MND Support Group helped to raise awareness & funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association on the 1st & 2nd January 2015 by holding bucket collections at the Cineworld Cinema in Chesterfield.

We were able to raise awareness of the terminal condition after screenings of The Theory Of Everything, the latest film telling the story of Stephen Hawking, the astrophysicist who is living with MND.

The Theory of Everything is a biographical romantic drama about the relationship between Professor Hawking, a patron of the MND Association, and his wife Jane. The UK premiere of the film was held in December at the Odeon Leicester Square in aid of the MND Association. VIP guests on the night included people living with and affected by MND, some of whom had helped the lead actors Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones research their roles.

The two collections held at Cineworld Chesterfield raised a grand total of £395.38 towards Branch funds.

My thanks to Brenda Bowman for making all the arrangements with Cineworld and my grateful thanks to everyone who gave up their time to stand and collect after each screening of the film.

May I also take this opportunity to express our grateful thanks to the management and staff, of Cineworld in Chesterfield, for all their help and making us feel so welcome.

Our grateful thanks to Mrs Barbara Smith for a recent donation of £5.00 which rounded the total up to £400.38.

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A Walk With A Purpose

On 19th September, Ian Gifford and five of his colleagues (along with a support team of three colleagues) from NatWest, Derby, took on a challenge to walk from Crowden to Edale, in Derbyshire. This walk forms part of the Pennine Way and most of it is over rough, high moorlands, with a few killer hills thrown in for good measure.

They experienced foggy, then misty conditions and for almost 45 minutes had very heavy rain – but all made the estimated 16-mile trip, with a short stop at the’ feeding station’ on the Snake Pass. His group were walking in aid of the MND Association, Derbyshire, and there were 4 other groups, from other areas, walking at the same time but for different charities, a total of 47 people being involved in all, and there was a wide range of times recorded for the journey.

In the assorted photos Ian is placing a rose at the top of Jacobs Ladder in memory of his Mum, with a colleague who had lost his wife to the same devastating disease. In due course they all assembled for welcome refreshments in the pub in Edale.

His group’s target was to raise £2500, but, amazingly, it is estimated the final total could be as much as £8000, including a donation from NatWest.

Alan Gifford (Ian’s Dad) would like to thank everyone who has sponsored the walkers, since MND recently claimed the life of his dear wife Judith. We would also like to add our sincere thanks to everyone involved in the challenge.

Tara and Vicky
lead the way

Climbing Kinder

Placing a rose at the top of Jacobs Ladder

Down to the Pub -
Nearly There

Ian - I've done it!


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Thank you for your Ice Bucket Challenge donations.

We are delighted to announce the income received so far by the Motor Neurone Disease Association from the Ice Bucket Challenge is a staggering £7m.

In just two weeks we have raised the equivalent of almost 6 months income. As a relatively small charity, this has been an historic fortnight. Last year we received an average of 13,000 donations a month. From the ice bucket challenge alone we have now had over 750,000 donations. Challenges are still being held and money continues to pour in. Thank you everyone.

In this short time the Ice Bucket Challenge has also massively increased awareness of this devastating disease. And think of the difference this massive boost in funds will do for our world-class research and support for people living with this disease and their families.

With the phenomenal amount of money being raised for the MND Association quite understandably and quite rightly we are now being asked, "how will you spend this money?"

Having received such a large and unexpected bonus to our funding it is very important that we now spend it wisely – to get the maximum impact for people with MND. So over the coming weeks we will be drawing up comprehensive plans to do exactly that.

We will be consulting with the MND community to ensure the views of people with MND and their families are taken into account.

However, this unexpected bonus of £7m does allow us to immediately bring forward certain projects that were already in the pipeline and to fast-track new ideas.

For instance, we are currently in the process of awarding seven new research grants, totalling over £1 million, to UK research teams for studies aimed at understanding the causes of MND, the processes that lead to motor neuron degeneration and the development of new approaches to treating the disease.

Many of these grants will run for up to three years, so the incredible generosity from donors to the Ice Bucket Challenge means that we can be sure of sufficient funding available for the lifetime of each award.

We have also been asked about the impact of the $millions that have been raised for the ALS Association in the USA.

The Ice Bucket Challenge is a global phenomenon. MND is a global disease. So we need a global solution.

Millions of pounds, dollars, and euros have been donated to various MND charities across the world and we already run collaborative research projects with many of them. We need to be joined up in our thinking about joined up research funding between different countries to maximise the impact of this funding phenomenon.

Yours sincerely Sally Light.

Chief Executive, MND Association.

Marehay Show Saturday 6 September.2014

Photograph of the Chairman of the Marehay Trust taking the Ice Bucket Challenge dressed as a parrot. I don’t know how much was raised but his target was £100 plus.

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Walk to D’feet MND 2014 

The Derbyshire Dawdlers at Carsington Water

The weather was bright and sunny for the Derbyshire Dawdlers Walk to D’feet MND 2014, held at Carsington Water, on Sunday 22 June. 16 people signed in to take part in the 5-mile walk along the reservoir dam wall which took approximately 14,200 steps to complete.

Thank you to everyone who took part in the walk and to everyone who sponsored our efforts. Can I take this opportunity to remind everyone that all sponsor forms should be returned to myself, David Broughton or Brenda Bowman by the end of July. Thank you.

We have submitted an application requesting permission to hold our Walk to D’feet MND 2009 in Chatsworth Park. Our application will be presented at the annual Admissions Meeting later in the year. I will keep you informed.


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