Partner Catherine Loadman completed the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on 31 July - a 100 mile bike ride in aid of MNDA (South Essex Branch).
Catherine Loadman took part in the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 on 31 July 2016 and raised over £620 for Pinney Talfourd's Charity of the Year MNDA (South Essex Branch).
It was an early (and chilly) start from the Olympic Stadium at Stratford but the sun soon came out as Catherine rode through London and then on to the Surrey hills.
There were a few hold ups due to accidents which meant that Catherine's anticipated finish time of 3.30pm became 5.30pm... At one point Catherine was held up for an hour and a half after which her legs were not too pleased about having to get back on her bike and start pedaling!
She recalls that the famous Box Hill was probably the biggest challenge with it's hairpin bends winding up and up but she made it without having to dismount, albeit very slowly!
Catherine said "This was a huge challenge and I am very proud of this achievement." She added that the best thing about the day was the atmosphere and the crowds cheering the riders on all along the course which really helped, particularly when she was getting close to the finish and had to go up the final hill in Wimbledon before the ride back through central London to the finish line on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
Funds raised so far
Catherine has beaten her target and so far raised over £622 (including Gift Aid) with more donations still coming in and would like to thank everyone who has sponsored her to help raise vital funds for MNDA (South Essex Branch) to help them continue with the amazing work that they do to support sufferers of this terrible disease.
Still time to donate
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What is MND?
Motor Neurone Disease is terminal and there is currently no treatment or cure. No one knows how or why people get it. Average length from diagnosis to death is 18 months.
In that 18 months the person with MND will lose their ability to speak – this is often the first thing to go. Then the muscles die – all of them. This leave the sufferer unable to walk, talk, move, blink, go to the toilet or swallow. They have to be fed through a peg fitted into their stomach.
What it doesn’t affect is the brain – that still functions normally so you end up with a person trapped inside a body that in effect has already died. It affects all ages. For some reason it only seems to affect people who are active, couch potatoes don’t get this disease.
MNDA South Essex Branch
The South Essex branch comprises of five people, all volunteers. They work extremely hard to raise funds and awareness for the disease.
They spend money on lots of different things such as;
- Converting a bathroom to a wet room
- Conversions and adaptations to house so people can remain at home
- Small disability devices and ramps for wheelchairs
- Stair lifts
In addition to this, they purchase iPads and boogie boards as these are essential communication aids when the voice goes. They might buy new bedding for someone who has a single hospital bed delivered. They pay for respite care and might fund private travel for hospital appointments in London.
They also do fun things – last year they had a summer lunch at Wat Tyler Country park for people with MND and the health care professionals – the consultants and nurses took a day off work to come and meet with their patients in an informal setting. At Christmas they went to the panto and had a Christmas lunch.
They have social meetings for those with MND and their carers to meet up have a coffee and cake and have a chat.
In short they do whatever is needed to ease and assist those with MND and their carers.
The local website is www.mndsouthessex.org/