Colleagues raise more than £8,000 for MND Scotland

Pictured with staff are Andy Lennon and Christine McWhirter (right).

Pictured with staff are Andy Lennon and Christine McWhirter (right).

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Staff from Don & Low have raised a magnificent £8,280 for MND Scotland by running fund-raising events throughout the year.

The drive started after Andy Lennon, a former colleague, was diagnosed with the condition a few months ago.

Prior to the diagnosis, Andy worked for the company for 38 years and his former colleagues wanted to do their bit to show their support. He is well known to both customers and suppliers, particularly those connected to the Nonwovens Division where Andy was the plant electrician since the division was first set up in 1988.

More than 30 staff members took part in a sponsored walk up Ben Nevis while organiser Joe Welsh took on his own challenge the weekend before when he raced his cousin Gus around Forfar Loch. Joe ran 10 laps while Gus, who was cycling, completed 20 circuits.

The company’s cheque was presented recently to Christine McWhirter from MND Scotland.

He said: “I didn’t think we’d raise the total we did. I didn’t even thing we’d raise half of that - it’s excellent.

“For the walk up Ben Nevis I thought we’d maybe get around half a dozen people but we had more than 30 which was great support. We’ve been talking about taking on the Three Peaks Challenge next year and there are five shifts here so I think the guys on the other shifts might be doing something too. We’ll definitely be doing something.”

Andy, along with his wife Linda, was there to welcome the weary walkers off the mountain and to provide welcome sustenance in the form of bridies. He praised the staff for their efforts on the charity’s behalf and he was presented with a framed photograph as a memento of the day.

He said: “I’m thoroughly delighted with what everyone has done. I really appreciate their efforts and the kindness shown to me.

“MND is not one of the big, recognised charities so there’s an opportunity to bring it to the fore in a situation like this. The walk was a great effort on everyone’s behalf and I really appreciate what the company has done for me and they’ve been very supportive at a difficult time.”

MND Scotland is a national charity which aims to help those affected by Motor Neurone Disease and research the condition.

The disease itself is the name given to a group of similar illnesses which cause damage to motor neurones, the nerves that control the muscles. A common early sign of the disease is increasing muscle weakness but the nature of the condition means it will affect people in different ways. Currently there are 387 people living with the condition in Scotland and all of them receives direct care from one of the charity’s six clinical specialist nurses who operate out of Scotland’s four neurology centres.

Christine McWhirter said: “We rely on fund-raising for our care service and it’s a brilliant total.”