Branch news

Rotherham Open Meeting: Monday 2nd September. 2.00pm United Reform Church, Stag Roundabout, Wickersley S60 4JN.   Please join us for our quarterly meeting next Monday afternoon. It's informal, and it's a chance to catch up with others in a similar situation, sharing news and relevant information. Refreshments are provided and you're welcome to pop in for 10mins or stay a couple of hours.

Congratulations & thanks :

  • To one of our committee members Vicky Paeschel. Not only has Vicky recently completed the 100 mile Prudential bike ride to add to her long list of fundraisers, but she was also welcomed as one of 3 new trustees at the MND Association AGM in July. Vicky has been very successful recently in raising awareness of MND in the local press and on local radio, talking about her Big Steps Walk event in Graves Park. The walk was a great success with over 100 walkers striding out in the August Bank Holiday sunshine.


  • To our brilliant and dedicated Social Media Administrator Chloe Allen. Chloe is completing a PhD at SITraN in Sheffield and has had one of her papers accepted for the programme of the International MND Symposium in Perth Australia in December. It is a great honour and Chloe is very excited. Her talk, in Session 8A Disease Models, is entitled " Antioxidant drugs reveal the potential for patient stratification in Motor Neurone Disease." We hope perhaps Chloe will be able to come along to one of our meetings next year, to tell us about her experience and explain about her work.


  •  To Chris Lunn, a regular member at our Rotherham meetings. Chris was awarded an MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours. She received her award for services to fostering. When her husband Pete was diagnosed with MND, they both decided to keep on fostering, and  Chris demonstrated immense strength and energy caring for the babies and Pete. Although she's on her own now she continues her fostering work and knows that Pete would have been very proud of her.


  •  To Simon Cassell for completing the Liverpool Night Rider bike ride. Simon comes back to Rotherham on a regular basis to support Gillean, his mum who is living with MND. Simon is a keen cyclist and decided to sign up for the Night Rider event with his work colleagues, to raise money for the MND Association. According to Gillean it was certainly a different challenge cycling through the night and not an easy ride, but a great achievement.


Thanks to everyone who came along to our Walk to D'Feet at Doncaster. A great way to raise awareness and a really fun event again.

More photos on Flickr


“South Yorkshire Branch spent a wonderful evening at the Botanical Gardens in Sheffield in July. The weather was superb as was the guided tour.  Dame Pamela Shaw gave a talk which included a quick resume of the latest research news from SITRaN - fascinating and encouraging news from our research friends." - Mel White, Branch Chair    More photos on Flickr

Read our latest branch Summer Newsletter 2019

Thanks again to Hallowes Golf Club for their continued support. This is a fantastic fundraiser for us and the weather was great this year. Please take a look at the photo album on Flickr

Congratulations and thanks to all our runners who took part in the Sheffield Half Marathon earlier in the year. We'd love you to join us for the Clowne Half in November. Details below. There's an album of runners' photos on Flickr

Take note of some important Diary Dates:

Sunday 25th August

Big Steps of Hope Tribute walk. Graves Park Sheffield. Join Vicky Paeschel on this 5K fund-and-awareness raising walk to d'feet MND.  All the family are welcome to this fun day which includes 2 laps around the beautiful Graves Park. Register here.

Saturday 5th October - There is a great programme for the Folk Concert at Denby Dale this autumn with all proceeds going to branch funds. Contact our Chair Mel White - or 07870 298985 or see events

Saturday 2nd November 1940's Dinner Dance. Holiday Inn Rotherham.  Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the MND Association.

Sunday 24th November  Clowne Half Marathon and Fun Run. The South Yorkshire branch has a team of runners entered for this event and would love more runners to join them.

See events for more details about our November Special occasion fundraisers

In need of some peace and calm in a welcoming space ? The Cavendish Care Centre Sheffield hold Relaxation Sessions at their centre, for families affected by MND £5.00 per session.

Clifford House. Whirlow Sheffield:  

Opening times. 10.00am - 4.00pm Tues Weds Thurs. Weds 5pm - 7.00pm
A place to relax and socialise within beautiful, peaceful surroundings. Open to everyone affected by an illness that has no cure. There is a monthly timetable of activities to chose from and advice and information from professionals and volunteers. St Lukes Clifford House

"Research Today: Implications for Tomorrow"

This talk, given at the Sheffield Open meeting last year generated a lot of interest. Dr Brian Dickie from the association, explained how they work closely with the fantastic SITraN facility here in Sheffield. The association's research pages give an overview of what is happening, plus fact sheets and information on how to get involved. The research blog gives up to date scientific news, and you can get this sent directly to your own email address.

The Association is constantly updating its Publications and Resources. The link below will help you decide if you want to know more about the many aspects of living with MND on a day to day basis. There are many different formats to chose from and help is always available if you want something explained in more detail.  All the information you need.

To donate directly to the South Yorkshire branch JustGiving page please follow the link below.

Cheques made payable to MND Association South Yorkshire can be sent to our Treasurer Paul Hebblethwaite 55 Newfield Lane Sheffield S17 3DD or can be paid in directly to the branch account 02972378 sort code 30-96-09

To join your own JustGiving fundraising page to our branch team members page please use the link below and click  join the team. Full instructions are at the bottom of our events and fundraising page.



For further information and support contact our MND Connect helpline

mndconnect 0808 802 6262