Welcome to the Hertfordshire Branch

Welcome to the Hertfordshire branch of the MND Association. We are here to provide you, your family and the community a broad range of support, as you live with this disease.

This includes friendship, access to various resources, regular contact opportunities, fundraising activities and support for National campaigns highlighting awareness of and the impact of MND.

Hillier Garden Centre

The Branch is run entirely by volunteers and provides a vital link between the National Association and the local Hertfordshire community. Our aim is to make a positive difference to people affected by MND by:

  • Visiting with those living with MND, providing support and information to you and your carers.

Trained Association Visitors attached to the Branch provide personal and direct contact with those living with MND.  They offer support, help, and guidance to those living with MND and their families. They can help with navigating the way through the health and social care system.

  • Fundraising to pay for equipment not provided elsewhere, and to contribute to things that provide quality of life such as transport, therapies or holiday costs.
  • Raising awareness of the disease through the local media, our newsletters and this website.
  • Playing an active part in networking and building relationships locally with health and social care professionals, to influence and improve services for people with MND.
  • Holding regular, informal Open Meetings where people with MND, their carers and families have various opportunities to meet other people living with the disease and share experiences.

If you are interested in volunteering with us to help make a difference to people living with MND in Hertfordshire, please do not hesitate to contact us.

If you are living with MND or are a family member/carer, we are able to provide support and advice – please get in touch.

Contact Details:

For those living in North Herts (north of Hatfield), please contact Christine Carter:

Email- [email protected] Tel:   01462 883450/07935 724384

For those living in South Herts (south of Hatfield), please contact Hetty Smith:

Email - [email protected].  Tel:   01462 630195/07930 462870

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Current Fundraiser

Golf Day Fundraiser

Paul, Max and Lukas Gilbert, with Jamie Gerrard, stood with their golf clubs while taking place in a 72 hole golf fundraiser
Last Saturday, Paul Gilbert took on 72 holes in one day in an inspirational fundraiser for the Hertfordshire MND Association Branch. Despite being diagnosed with MND in 2015, he completed the challenge alongside his two sons Max and Lukas, and their friend Jamie Gerrard, and have subsequently raised a staggering £23,000 in online donations alone! Without inspirational fundraising like this, we wouldn't be able to continue to deliver our vital help and support to those living with MND in Hertfordshire. A massive thank you to Paul for all you have done! If you would like to donate to their ongoing fundraiser, please click below.
Upcoming Event

Open water swim fundraiser

Mark O'Brien stood alongside his children beside the water he had completed his 6.8 mile swim
Mark O'Brien, from Slip End in Bedfordshire, was diagnosed with MND last year and has completed a world record attempt with a five-and-a-half hour open water swim - the longest unaided water swim for a person living with MND. The 54 year-old managed to swim for 6.8 miles (11km), further than his 6.5 mile target, and his three children swam the final stretch with him as his family, friends and even strangers cheered him on. Once out the water, Mr O'Brien told the BBC he was "freezing" but that the "support has been amazing". "It was a bit longer than we expected, and I'm looking forward to a hot shower and a burger," he said. So far Mark has raised an incredible £17,000 which will be split equally between the Bedfordshire Branch and Hertfordshire Branch of the MND Association and the MND National Office for research. We are hugely grateful to Mark for this fantastic achievement and magnificent sum raised.

Latest News

For more information about the different events and activities organised by the branch in order to provide support, raise awareness, and fundraise on behalf of people living with MND, please read our latest newsletter or contact us. 

Our Latest Newsletter  July Newsletter

Upcoming Fundraiser

Joe Kelly's 2024 London Marathon Fundraiser

Team MND Cheer squad at Leeds Marathon
Running with an MND Association Golden Bond place in the 2024 London Marathon is Joe Kelly from JJK Fitness! He has been a big fundraiser for the former South Herts branch over the past couple of years having raised over £20,000 so far, and he is not stopping there! Joe is set to raise even more money for the Hertfordshire branch next year as he takes on one of the UK's biggest marathons in memory of his friend David Davies, a much loved member of JJK Fitness and South Herts MNDA, who sadly passed away in March 2022 from MND. The JustGiving page can be found by clicking below where you can find out more information on Joe's incredible fundraiser, and donate to this support this fantastic cause. Thank you Joe!