About Us

The South Yorkshire Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MND Association) was formed nearly 20 years ago. It supports people throughout South Yorkshire affected by MND, whether they are a person living with MND, a carer, family member or friend.

The branch committee meet up regularly. Our current Chairman Mel White  symndchair1@yahoo.co.uk 01226 764710  joined us in 2012 and our Treasurer Paul Hebblethwaite  paulh@haywoodandco.com 0114 2681441 (work) 0114 2363222 (home) has been keeping the accounts for us for over 10 yrs.

Chris Naylor chris222@sky.com 0114 265 3774 is our secretary. Chris also edits our newsletter along with publicity officer Michael Hickman mhickman@blueyonder.co.uk 0114 2500078

Brian Jackson  associationvisitor.bj@gmail.com 07467 242232 is one of the branch visitors but Brian is also the contact for anyone applying for a Quality of Life, Young Person’s or Carer’s support grant through the branch.

The volunteers running the branch have a lot of experience about MND and aim to provide support in a number of ways; they would also like to hear about what others would find helpful. Our branch contact is Olga Bannister olgabannister@talktalk.net  0114 2620237


We hold regular open meetings in Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield. Everyone is welcome to come along and meet for a chat and a “cuppa”. The meetings are scheduled for two  hours but people can just come along for an hour if they prefer. Speakers are invited to some meetings. It is a friendly, supportive way to meet other people with MND and share experiences.  Kath Groom has kindly been providing the refreshments at meetings since the branch was first formed. You will find dates and venue details in the Meetings section of the website. If you are interested in coming along but would like some more details please contact Olga.


We have a team of trained Visitors who are able to keep in regular contact with you, either by visiting you at home or keeping in touch by telephone, text or email. For more information about this contact our Regional Care Development Advisor Jane Evans 0114 2585235 jane.evans@mndassociation.org


Fundraising is a really important aspect of the work of the branch. We are a branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, charity number 294354.

Fundraising by others makes a big difference to the support we can give.

If you are arranging your own fundraising event let us know in plenty of time and we can advertise it here on the website, on Social Media or in our quarterly newsletter.

We can supply sponsorship forms for you or provide leaflets, balloons and other resources. Fundraising online is simple using our Branch JustGiving page


Geoff Bland gbland7@sky.com 01226245811  is happy to help with any fundraising enquiries. Geoff meets up with Dave Booker, Andy Jaffray and others to plan Events throughout the year.

The money raised by us and others through fundraising and donations is used to support people affected by MND. We have guidelines for our financial Support Grants, but generally if we can help we will. For more information contact Olga or Jane or Brian Jackson associationvisitor.bj@gmail.com who is the administrator of the grants for the branch.

Get Involved


We always like to hear from people who think they might be able help out at events, or become involved with running the branch. We welcome new ideas and suggestions.

Raising awareness and sharing information are very important. Our newsletters are available on the website and we post out and electronically distribute hundreds of copies each quarter. If you know anywhere we can display them please let us know. Sharing news, information or your personal experiences can be useful to others. We are happy to add your photos or articles to this site. Alternatively you can just pass on the details you want to share and we’ll put something together for you.

Ann Quinn mndvisitor@gmail.com 07776191333 is an Association Visitor and she also manages the branch website.


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