Northamptonshire charity calls on public to help it win £3,000

Members of the Northamptonshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association are calling on people to support a funding bid
Members of the Northamptonshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association are calling on people to support a funding bid

A Northamptonshire charity has been shortlisted for a cash award but needs votes from the public to secure £3,000.

The Northamptonshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association has been shortlisted for the Lloyds Bank Community Fund 2013.

In Northamptonshire there are currently approximately 40 people living with MND. The Northants branch provide financial support for anyone with MND by providing essential equipment needed to make their lives a little more comfortable, which is not available statutorily or they are not eligible for a Disability Funding Grant.

A spokesman for the branch said: “Being awarded the £3,000 community grant would enable the Northamptonshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association to extend further the support we can offer to sufferers of MND, and their families. In doing this we are making a huge difference to MND sufferers and their families in their final months, days and hours.”

Here’s how you can vote:

• By text: you text VOTE LPHA to 61119 (you will then receive a text back to say you have voted for Northampton branch of Motor Neurone Disease association).

• Online voting may be the easiest way for most people and it is very easy just by going to the link below and casting your vote https://communityfund.lloydsbank.com/voting/cf_org_vote_profile.asp?cfr=98AB85

MND is a rapidly progressive and fatal disease, which can affect any adult at any time and attacks the motor neurones that send messages from the brain to the muscles, leaving people unable to walk, talk or feed themselves.

The cause of the disease is unknown and there is no known cure. Around 5,000 people in the UK have MND at any one time, with half of people with the disease dying within 14 months of diagnosis.

The Lloyds Bank Community Fund is helping local people across England and Wales to have a positive impact at the hearts of their communities by giving grants to over 1,300 local good causes in villages, towns and cities across England and Wales. There are four local good causes in each community and each will receive an award. Two local good causes from each community will receive £3,000 each, with the other two receiving awards of £300 each.