Help us support people like Tom this christmas.
Tom has always been passionate about the environment. One of the things he used to love most was taking a walk amongst the trees.
Sadly in 2021, a diagnosis of motor neurone disease (MND) changed Tom and his family's lives forever. The disease badly affected Tom's balance, so much so that just before Christmas 2022, he had an awkward fall which left him partially paralysed from the waist down.
The accident confined Tom to a wheelchair, and it became virtually impossible to leave his own home. Tom's house sits at the top of 11 steep steps, and the only way to get in or out of it was with the assistance of a two-person ambulance team – or have a lift installed, which was beyond their financial means.
"In the blink of an eye, MND took away my freedom to go outside – it was devastating."
Thousands of families will require personalised support to help them navigate the challenges of this devastating disease. Together, we can help more families facing MND and make every day count.
Your Christmas donations help us provide vital services
Below are just some of the services that the MND Association offers to people living with and affected by MND. This list is not exhaustive - you can find out more about our full range of services by visiting our Support and Information pages.
More than 80% of people living with MND will develop difficulties with their speech and communication. With your support, more people can bank their voice, so even if they lose the ability to speak, they can still communicate with their loved ones.
It’s really important for people impacted by MND to have a place to talk with other people about their shared experiences. Face-to-face and online groups are available across the UK – offering support for people living with MND and their families, in a way that works for them.
Thanks to amazing supporters, the struggles of people living with MND can be eased through equipment loans. Specialised equipment can help people living with MND regain some independence.
When a family member is living with MND, it can be incredibly overwhelming. Counselling sessions, delivered in partnership with Barnardo’s, give children and young people a safe space to share their worries and concerns – and equip them with the tools they need to navigate their new normal.
Each MND diagnosis affects each person and their family differently. The MND Connect helpline gives people information and support specific to their situation. This could be anything from how to manage symptoms to ways to improve the quality of life of a loved one.
Enjoying time together as a family can be tough when a loved one is living with MND. Online care information is available at any time to provide vital support and resources to anyone affected by MND.