Marathon Portrait photography project showcases people affected by MND

Miles Pilling is an ex-BBC cameraman who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2013. He and photographer friend Cristian Barnett have been spending the last three years photographing and interviewing various people who have been affected by MND as part of a project called “26 Miles 4 MND”.

26 Miles 4 MND consists of a 26 mile run, 26 portraits and 26 stories created to raise awareness and funding for the MND Association.

The collection of 26 portraits and stories features Miles in each image alongside a diverse group including people living with different types of MND, professors of neurology, researchers, nurses, carers, volunteers, artists and even a professional puppeteer who used MND as the inspiration for the ‘CELL’ show.

Some famous names have also been supporting the project including singer Kim Wilde, actor Hal Fowler and TV presenter Nick Owen.

A book is also being created that will be published to coincide with the MND Association’s 40th Anniversary in 2019.

The 26 Miles 4 MND project culminates with Cristian running the Tallinn Marathon in Estonia on Sunday 9 September 2018. However, before that, one portrait and accompanying story is being published on Instagram every day for 26 days leading up to the big day. You can follow and like the project at @26Miles4MND.

For more information about the project visit the 26 Miles 4 MND Facebook page.

For further information and support contact our MND Connect helpline

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