This report plots our progress over the last 12 months.
Whether it’s the difference made through funding ground-breaking research, or by Association visitors spending time with people with MND, demonstrating the outcomes of our activity is vital to ensuring we are accountable: to our members, our donors, and most importantly, to people with MND.
Several highlights from 2011/12 stand out for me.
I am proud to be part of an organisation that urges people to be ‘incurable optimists’. We seek to follow the lead of people with MND in finding hope in the face of terrible adversity and turning that hope into action.
Here at the Association, our sense of optimism endures, even though 2011 put that feeling under huge pressure, with the economic downturn contributing to profoundly challenging times. Less disposable cash, the rising costs of living, and cuts to public spending – while these affect all of us, they have an impact on people with MND more than most. This means the need for our support has never been more sharply felt – and the challenges in meeting this need never greater.
The Annual Report and Financial Statements tell the story of how we have continued to rise to the challenges of MND in 2011. The Trustees are most grateful for the efforts of our generous supporters, donors and our dedicated
and committed volunteers and staff – working together to deliver our twin mission areas of care and research, and to bring us further along the journey to a world free of MND.
Mark Todd - Chair – Board of Trustees