Arctic challenge in memory of family lost to MND

Richard and Matthew with their van
Richard and Matthew with their van

Two brothers are preparing to travel 5,000 miles over nine days in a scrap van.

The pair are hoping to travel to Europe’s most northerly city inside the Arctic Circle, Tromso, and back again to raise cash for the Motor Neurone Disease Association after losing their mum, gran, great-gran and great-aunt to the disease.

Richard Hollis, 34, is a teacher from Wellingborough and Matthew, 31, of Northampton works for the charity’s support services team.

Sally Light, chief executive of the charity, said: “We are so proud of Matthew and Richard and will be waving them off from our offices in Northampton on Valentine’s Day.

“It’s a crazy idea but they might just make it and I hope Matthew will get back to work in one piece without too much frostbite.

“Without the support of them and so many other fundraisers we simply would not be able to fund our vital support services and research to find a cure.

“Together we are making a real difference for people affected by this devastating disease.”

The pair will set off on the Scrap Van Arctic Challenge from the MND Association office in Northampton on Valentine’s Day.

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Motor neurone disease is a fatal, rapidly progressive disease which affects the brain and spinal cord.

It attacks the nerves that control movement – people can still think and feel, but their muscles refuse to work.

It kills five people every day in the UK, half of which are within 14 months of diagnosis.

It affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time, and has no cure.

Five people die from MND every day in the UK.

The MND Association was founded in 1979 by a group of volunteers with experience of living with, or caring for, someone with MND.

Since then, it has grown significantly, with an ever-increasing community of volunteers, supporters and staff supporting people with MND and their carers.

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