Hello, I’m Simon and welcome to the Fothers Mission 24 website. But what is Fothers Mission 24 and why am I doing it?
In short, I’m trying to raise as much money for the MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association) – a truly horrible disease that there is no cure for. More than 5,000 adults are affected by MND and 33% die within one year. They suffer, their families suffer and there’s so much more they could do to help both with a bit more money.
So, I’m running a mile, every hour for 24 hours. The event will take place on Friday 2 July (from 5pm) until Saturday 3 July.
I’ll be joined along the way by some great friends, some celebrity guests and hopefully some supportive well-wishers as we try and raise as much money as possible.
Why am I raising money for MND?
There is a whole page about My Story so I won’t repeat myself but to cut a long story short my Dad lost his 18 year battle with MND just before Christmas.
He’d lost the use of most of his body, including his voice and was unable to walk. All this while still being of sound mind. He was trapped inside a body that no longer functioned and suffered for 18 long years.
While myself and all the family miss him dearly, we can take a little bit of solace knowing that he’s now in peace and no longer suffering.
I have spent many hours researching and working with the excellent Nottingham Branch of the MNDA, of which I am a committee member and currently Vice Chairman. I’ve done many fundraising efforts over the years but I want to do one final hurrah to pay tribute to my wonderful Dad and try to help the many others who are in a similar position to what we’ve been in.
Who’s involved with Fothers Mission 24?
I consider myself very lucky to have some amazing friends, family and colleagues who have really bought into this mission. I don’t want to spoil the announcements but I’ve already had cricketing superstar Stuart Broad, who also has close connections to MND through his Broad Appeal, former Nottingham Forest striker Nigel Jemson and Nottinghamshire cricketing Luke Fletcher all agreeing to join me.
More announcements will be made in due course…
How can I get involved?
There are a number of ways you can get involved with Fothers Mission 24…
The simplest way is to donate to my cause. We have a JustGiving page set up and are extremely grateful for anything anybody can give, no matter how big or small.
Spread the word
I’m aiming for this mission to be spread as far and wide as possible so I can raise as much money as possible. So, please feel free to share our social pages (I’m on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) or just send someone a link to this website – every small gesture could lead to one extra donation and that will make the world of difference.
Finally, I want to thank you for visiting and taking an interest in Fothers Mission 24. Don’t forget to check back on day(s) of the run and afterward to see how I get on.