Welcome to Fothers Mission 24

I’m Simon and I raised over £18,000 for Motor Neurone Disease (MND) after I ran a mile every hour for 24 hours. Follow my Fother Mission 24 story and donate if you can…

Fothers Mission 24 is officially Mission Complete! 

Four months have passed since Fothers Mission 24 and I would like to thank everyone, not just for the donations, but for the incredible support shown to me during the 24 hour challenge.

I have to say was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but was made so much easier by the support I received during the runs.

The total raised including Gift Aid was £18,307.74, which was so much more than I thought I’d achieve when I was initially setting the target with the MND Association.

I don’t like to single people out for praise, but my nephew, Dan Fotheringham, ran every mile with me, and much faster than I could! He is nearly 40 years younger than me though, so certainly should have done. And my good friend, Sam Robinson, who turned up after I’d ran the first three miles – just to do a couple of miles with me – and ended up staying the whole night and day, and ran a total of 21 miles. Sam is also much younger than me, but an incredible effort by both.

And finally a massive thank you to each and everyone of you who donated to Fothers Mission 24. The money raised is already being used locally to help people living with MND and also to help research, so that one day we will live in a world free from MND.

Here’s a selection of images form the 24 hour challenge, and thank you everyone for your support.

The next challenge…

That brings me onto my next challenge, or at least my support for this…

I will be joining the legend that is Kevin Sinfield on his ‘Extra Mile’ run, which is raising money for MND as well as for the appeal to build The Rob Burrow Centre for Motor Neurone Disease in Leeds. The aim is to raise £100,000 by running from Leicester Tigers’ Mattioli Woods Welford Road stadium to Headingley Rugby Stadium in Leeds on Monday 22nd November.

I’ll be joining Kevin on leg six, which starts at 1.40pm at the Ruddington Arms and finishes in the city centre, so please come and cheer us on, donate or share to spread this very worthy cause as far as possible. 

MND – there is no cure.

Motor neurone disease (MND) describes a group of diseases that affect the nerves (motor neurones) in the brain and spinal cord that tell your muscles what to do. 

With MND, messages from the motor neurones gradually stop reaching the muscles. This leads the muscles to weaken, stiffen and waste. MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. Some people also experience changes to their thinking and behaviour. However, MND affects everyone differently. Not all symptoms will affect everyone, or in the same order. Symptoms also progress at varying speeds, which makes the course of the disease difficult to predict.

MND is life-shortening and there is no cure. Although the disease will progress, symptoms can be managed to help achieve the best possible quality of life.

Adults affected in the UK

People diagnosed every day


People die within one year

Fothers Mission 24 Sponsors

The amazing sponsors of Fothers Mission 24 can be seen below with links to their websites. If you’d like to become a sponsor, please get in touch.

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More sponsors to follow… 

Find out the benefits and become a sponsor of Fothers Mission 24 by getting in touch

Latest News

Broad’s Support

Broad’s Support

England and Nottinghamshire cricketer, Stuart Broad, has sent a message of support ahead of joining my Fothers Mission 24. My charity run, which will see me running one mile every hour, on the hour for 24 hours starts today at 5pm. Stuart is one of many friends and...

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24 hours to go…

24 hours to go…

With just 24 hours until Fothers Mission 24 officially starts, I've recorded a quick video message to give you all an update: The running starts on Friday at 5pm at The City Ground where I'll be joined by Ryan Yates. Donations have been brilliant and I can't thank...

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Big Norm’s Big Walk

Big Norm’s Big Walk

Mark Crossley is the latest former footballer to give his support to Fothers Mission 24 and help with raising money for Motor Neurone Disease (MND). The former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper has sent a video of support and I'm thrilled to have yet another sporting...

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