St Johns Centre will be lending its support to the Merseyside branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association over the next three months.

After the success of 2018โ€™s first charity partnership with Zoeโ€™s Place, the centre is now teaming up with the MND Association to raise valuable awareness and funds to support those suffering from the condition and their families.

The group will be able to promote its work in St Johns over the 12 weeks and benefit from holding collections at their own and the centreโ€™s events.

Moira Furlong, treasurer of the group which recently celebrated its 35thbirthday, says the partnership is a great opportunity.

โ€œAs well as having the chance to fund-raise, we can raise awareness and promote ourselves in a different way. It also means we can highlight events we have coming up locally like our family bike ride in Croxteth Park on July 22 and an abseil at Liverpool Cathedral on August 11,โ€ she said.

โ€œThe ice bucket challenge really did help us to promote MND charities and it gave us an incredible showcase but itโ€™s important for us to keep that profile up, to build on it and remind people weโ€™re here and what we do.

โ€œMND is an incurable condition that paralyses the muscles leaving people unable to do everyday things the rest of us take for granted. Walking, talking and swallowing become virtually impossible and MND can also affect the areas of the brain involved in thinking, language, behaviour and personality.

โ€œOur association supports people with MND, their carers, family and friends and the money we raise allows us to offer grants too – weโ€™re able to give holiday grants and to part-fund equipment like stairlifts or even specially-adapted crockery – so itโ€™s practical as well as emotional help.โ€

Neil Ashcroft, St Johns centre general manager, added: โ€œWeโ€™re really pleased to have the MND Association as our new charity partners. Our partnership with Zoeโ€™s Place was a great success – we helped raise over ยฃ1,000 for them from Radio Cityโ€™s Superhero Skyfall down St Johns Beacon and almost ยฃ1,400 from One Great Day in June, as well as all the money from collections in the centre โ€“ now weโ€™re looking forward to giving the same help to the MND Association.

โ€œThey do amazing work but theyโ€™re one of the unsung charity heroes in Liverpool so weโ€™re happy to put them in the spotlight and give them that boost.โ€

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