Welcome to the South Yorkshire Branch of the MND Association

The branch is run entirely by volunteers and aims to provide the best possible support to local people with MND, their families, and carers.

Contact Us

Branch Chair is Mel White symndchair1@yahoo.co.uk Branch Contact is Marlene Bryan

07522 852990


In 2018 the South Yorkshire Branch is celebrating 20 years of support, fundraising and tireless work to raise awareness of MND in and around Sheffield, Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster.

For information about the different events and activities, please use the tabs below or contact any of us. You can read our latest newsletter here MNDA Spring 18  Our quarterly newsletter also lists all our meeting dates. It can be sent out electronically or posted directly to you. Just contact Chris Naylor – 0114 265 3774 – chris222@sky.com.

We work closely with the national office and everyone involved with the branch has experience of MND in some way.

Jane Evans is the Association’s Regional Care Development Advisor in this area. Jane is part of the team at the Hallamshire Care Centre and she attends our local meetings. jane.evans@mndassociation.org 0114 258 5235

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Our various fundraising events are featured in the Flickr photo uploads.

Michael Hickman

It is with sadness that we must report the passing on Monday 26th February 2018 of our publicity officer Michael Hickman. The Branch have given their condolences to Michael’s siblings and extended family at this time.

The funeral will take place on Wednesday 18th April 10.30am at Woodseats Methodist Church Sheffield S8 0GS. All Welcome.

No Flowers please. Donations if wished to Sheffield Scanner campaign.


Mel White, Chairman, MND Association South Yorkshire.


Make your MP work for you:  APPG  Wednesday March 21st  The next meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on MND is focussing on the problems people with MND face when trying to access Personal Independence Payments PIP. MPs need to know that issues like this matter to their constituents, and the Association needs help from everyone to get their MP to respond. Click the APPG link and complete the basic details. A letter will automatically go to your local MP informing them about this meeting and inviting them to attend.

The 1st Branch fundraising event of 2018 was another fantastic concert by Unite  the Union Brass Band. Many thanks to Trevor Peacock and all the fundraisers for their hard work in organising the night and sorting the raffle and various stalls. The band was joined this time by the Shine ladies choir led by Lizzy Mack. A combined, emotional, final number got the whole audience singing. Earlier in the evening, Steve Bell, the Association’s director of care gave a short talk about progressing MND research, and Geoff Bland persuaded more people to part with their money for the auction . The final total, including a donation by the sponsors Webster Technologies was just short of £1500. Take a look at the great photos from Andrew on Flickr.

The Sheffield Half Marathon MND Team 2018 will still welcome more runners please.
The South Yorkshire Branch would like runners old and new, to join our team on Sunday 8 April for this great Sheffield event.
This is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness of MND and hopefully raise lots of money for people in South Yorkshire affected by MND. It is the 10th year that we have brought together a group of entrants and we’d like to make it our best yet. See Events for all the important details.

Research Today: Implications for Tomorrow. Is the title of the talk being given by Dr Brian Dickie on Tuesday 10 April 2.00pm at the Sheffield Open Meeting. Brian is the Director of Research Development at the Association; he delivers up to date and informative talks on research but always in language we all understand. Our meetings tab has all the details. Dr Dickie also addressed the last International Symposium on MND in Boston, and more information about that can be found here.

Congratulations once again to our Victorious Volunteer Vicky Paeschel who not only completed the Doncaster 10K last November to achieve her 200 kilometres in 2017 running total for MND Association but also exceeded her £10,000 fundraising target ! Although she says she’s had lots of support from friends and work colleagues along the way, this has been a massive effort on her part  An amazing achievement; running, fundraising and undertaking many other roles for the South Yorkshire Branch to raise awareness of MND whilst working full time. justgiving.com/fundraising 100k for MNDA   2018 will not be a chance to sit back and recover though. Vicky has joined the branch committee, is helping to organise numerous events and has set herself another target of 10 half marathons in 2018 ! How many kilometres is that?

Clifford House Sheffield: “Somewhere to be me..” invites people to take advantage of their wide range of free activities now on offer every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.  For more information about this fantastic new facility go to    https://www.stlukescliffordhouse.org.uk/  

To donate directly to the South Yorkshire branch Just Giving page please follow the link below


To join your own Just Giving fundraising page to our branch team members page please use the link below and click  join the team. Full instructions are at the bottom of our events and fundraising page.


The South Yorkshire branch holds regular support meetings in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. We also have regular meetings for past carers on the second Sunday of the second month

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Awards for successful mytube website:  


An informative, award winning website, with videos about every aspect of tube feeding relating to MND was developed here in Sheffield and launched in 2017.  http://mytube.mymnd.org.uk/

People living with MND who attend the Sheffield Care Centre, along with Carers, Health Professionals and Branch representatives all attended national award ceremonies celebrating its success. This excellent resource received prizes from both the B.M.A and Complete Nutrition, the clinical, medical and health nutrition publication.
Complete Nutrition awarded it Nutrition Resource of the year and the B.M.A awarded it first prize in User Engagement category and the Information produced by NHS trusts category.
It also received runner up in the Information that aids Decision Making award.


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