Donations pour in for MNDA at The Theory of Everything screening

Heather and Rory Cullen at the MNDA stand at Stamford Arts Centre EMN-150503-113714001

Heather and Rory Cullen at the MNDA stand at Stamford Arts Centre EMN-150503-113714001

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A fundraising group collected cash and raised awareness of motor neurone disease at screenings of a film.

Ellen Chisholm and Heather Cullen, who are long-standing supporters of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, attended seven screenings of The Theory of Everything at Stamford Arts Centre.

The film tells the story of physicist Professor Stephen Hawking and his wife Jane’s struggles as they come to terms with the disease.

As well as collecting donations, Ellen and Heather also asked cinema goers to sign the MND Charter, which sets out what good care for people with motor neurone disease and their carers should look like.

The MND Charter will be presented to the new Government in June to raise awareness of what is needed to support those with the disease.

Heather’s husband Ned, a former Harrier pilot, is battling the disease. Heather, Ellen and their friends have raised thousands of pounds for the MNDA, which supports sufferers, as well as researching the condition.

They collected in excess of 80 signatures, as well as £539 in donations.

Ellen said: “We would like to thank Stamford Arts Centre as well as everyone who supported us.”

Readers can add their support by signing the MND Charter online at www.mndassociation.org/charter.

One of the events being held to raise funds for the MNDA in support of Ned is a Jump Fest 2015, which is skydives taking place at several airfields across the country including Sibson Airfield in Wansford.

To sign up visit skydivesibson.co.uk