Climbing Ben Nevis for former colleague

A group of almost 40 past and present Don & Low employees will embark on the challenge of a lifetime to raise money for MND Scotland.

The group will climb the UK’s highest mountain, Ben Nevis, in September for the charity and in support of their former colleague Andy Lennon who has Motor Neurone Disease.

Andy worked at Don and Low for 38 years before being diagnosed with the condition just a few months ago.

And his former colleagues wanted to do their bit to show their support and so the idea of walking up Ben Nevis was born.

Andy said: “I have support from a dedicated MND nurse as well as support from around eight or nine other services.

“The support in Angus and from NHS Tayside in general has been great.

“I really appreciate what the guys are doing for me with this fundraiser and I will be there on the day to meet them when they come back down.”

MND Scotland is a national charity which aims to help those affected by Motor Neurone Disease and research the condition. Craig Stockton, Chief Executive of MND Scotland said: “We don’t only fund scientific research.

“We have commissioned research which aims to identify the key issues of people with MND and how they receive services to help them deal with the condition.

“Another main research project has begun to establish a new model of care for people with MND.”

Joe Welsh, one of the organisers of the fundraiser, said: “We have almost 40 people who have said they want to take part in the challenge and more people are wanting to join in the more word spreads.”

So far the group has raised just over £400 but they are looking to raise £1,500 overall.

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is the name given to a group of similar illnesses.

These illnesses all cause damage to motor neurones (nerves). These are the nerves that control the muscles.

As such a common early sign of MND is increasing muscle weakness however, the nature of the condition means it will affect people in different ways.

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