15 November 2023 News


Susan Fletcher Watts

We are sad to hear of the death of MND Association trustee Susan Fletcher Watts, a hugely passionate fundraiser and supporter of the Association.  

Susan was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) in 2021, just before her 60th birthday. Living by her mantra ‘Walking the Positive Path’, Susan channelled her positivity into fundraising for the MND Association, and later as a valued trustee. 

Almost a year after being diagnosed with the disease, keen hiker Susan set out to complete the 260-mile Pennine Way. Four weeks later, with the support of 184 people, Susan crossed the finishing line. Her efforts, along with extra fundraising at a thank you party afterwards, saw the total raised for the MND Association top £80,000. Susan was able to share her fundraising success and positive mantra with numerous local and national media outlets, further increasing awareness of MND.

After taking early retirement from her role as a Chartered UK and European Patent Attorney, Susan was elected to be a trustee of the Association in June 2022. 

“Susan’s contribution to the Association was significant. Her professional background proved invaluable to the Board in terms of insight and assisting with decision-making.

“Her zest for life and unwavering determination to raise awareness and funds for the Association was admired and respected by all of us.

“Despite challenges she increasingly faced, she continued to encourage all those around her. Susan will be very missed by so many in the MND community.”

Tanya Curry, Chief Executive of the MND Association

Our thoughts are with Susan’s husband Brian, her children Aidan and Jessica, her wider family and friends, and all those in the MND community who knew her.