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Motor Neurone Disease Association launches new Fylde and Wyre group

The Blackpool Tower was illuminated 'blue, orange and white', the colours of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, on Thursday to raise awareness of Global MND Awareness Day that occurs every year on 21 June.
The Blackpool Tower was illuminated 'blue, orange and white', the colours of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, on Thursday to raise awareness of Global MND Awareness Day that occurs every year on 21 June.
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Volunteers showed their support for a new group which has been launched to help people with motor neurone disease.

Supporters of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association Fylde and Wyre group gathered in front of Blackpool Tower to see the town’s landmark lit up in blue, orange and white – the colours of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The event was organised to raise awareness of Global MND Awareness Day.

Motor neurone disease (MND) is a fatal rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, attacking the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work.

It kills a third of people within a year and more than half within two years of diagnosis.

There is no cure for the devastating disease which affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time.

Volunteer Stacey Kerr organised the event and also hosted the launch of the new local group.

Volunteering manager Sarah Milner said: “There was a real sense of excitement seeing the Tower lighting up the sky and a sea of MND t-shirts .

“It was great to spread awareness and come together with people all over the world to mark awareness day.

“Volunteers from the new group have been preparing for a while to offer support to people living with MND and their families so it was a perfect day to launch and I wish them lots of luck.”

Sally Light, chief executive at the MND Association, said: “It is essential that we raise awareness of MND so people understand what a devastating disease it is.

“Together we can make a real difference for people affected by MND and we are grateful for the amazing support of the volunteers from this new group.”

The Motor Neurone Disease Association focuses on MND care, research and campaigning.