When Bob’s wife’s good friend, Sue was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease, inevitably it was a sad blow to her and her family and friends – whilst it is a challenging illness, treatments are available to help relieve the symptoms and maintain quality of life. However, 18 months later she was given the devastating diagnosis of also having Motor Neurone Disease, which has a very different prognosis. With MND, messages from the motor neurones gradually stop reaching the muscles, causing them to weaken, stiffen and waste. It is life-shortening and currently there is no cure.
From the initial diagnosis, the Chilterns branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association was there to help. Practical help and equipment to make life as comfortable as possible for Sue and moral support for her family. Their help was invaluable and greatly improved the quality of the short time Sue had left.
As Bob was about to become Master of Marlow Bridge Lodge he decided that MNDA would be the main charity on his Master’s List. With support from all the members of his Lodge he was able to present volunteers from MNDA, Chilterns branch with a cheque for £2,625 to assist them to continue their excellent work helping victims of this devastating condition.
Flanking our worshipful master is Cyndy Mepham (left) and Janet Dell (right) from Motor Neuron Disease Association.