Good Morning Britain helps raise awareness of MND

Motor neurone disease was firmly in the spotlight on ITV’s Good Morning Britain on Friday (2 August) with two high profile interviews by presenter Charlotte Hawkins whose own father died of the disease in 2015.

Keta's JourneyCharlotte joined Kevin Street and his daughters Hebe and Violet on their fundraising walk in memory of Kevin’s wife Keta. Their 350 mile tour of the UK started in Keta’s home town of Hartlepool and will finish around two weeks later at the family home in Godalming with stop offs at key places in Keta’s life. They have been joined on route by family, friends and representatives of the MND Association, which will benefit from their money-spinning endeavours.

Following coverage of the walk on Good Morning Britain, Charlotte and co-host Adil Ray were joined in the studio by West Midlands Police assistant chief constable Chris Johnson and his wife Sharon. Chris was diagnosed with MND last year, six months after rising to his current rank with the force.

The couple talked about their commitment to retaining as normal a life as possible including Chris continuing to work as his disease progresses. As Sharon revealed their teenage daughter is receiving counselling to help her and their nine year old son simply knows ‘daddy is poorly’ Charlotte struggled to hold back tears. Her close connection to the disease and to the Association has since been picked up by a number of national media outlets and on social media.

Chris made special mention of the help he has received from the MND Association and also talked about a charity single a colleague has recorded – a remix of a song sung by Chris’ 1980s band.

Good Morning Britain is watched by around 800,000 viewers.

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