6 years ago, Alison Pickard, 61, from Retford’s life was turned upside down when she was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

“I was 55 when I was diagnosed. We felt as though our world had fallen apart especially a few months later when our daughter announced she was expecting our first grandchild, I could only think that I would not live to enjoy grandparent-hood.”

Motor Neurone Disease is a degenerative condition that affects the brain and nerves. Over time, it causes weakness and loss of function in arms, legs, speech, ability to swallow and, eventually, breathing. There is a 1 in 300 chance of getting MND and there is no cure.

“It’s been difficult losing friends I have made who have MND but deteriorated more quickly than me. I have several more friends who are now cruelly limited by this horrendous disease”.

Alison decided to do something positive and say thank you to the charity who have supported her throughout the years following her diagnosis and has signed up to complete 5k at Big Fun Run in Rother Valley Country Park on Sunday 12th August.

“I will be taking part on my mobility scooter because MND long since took away my ability to run” Alison explained.

Big Fun Run events are the perfect way for the local community to fundraise for a cause they really care about.

Having received contact details for the Motor Neurone Disease Association after visiting Sheffield Hallamshire Hospitals’ specialist MND Centre, Alison reached out to them for support.

“I was visited at home by one of the Regional MNDA Care Coordinators who was absolutely lovely and really made us feel much less alone with my diagnosis”.

“We now attend the local support group through which we have met other people living with MND and there is a dedicated helpline available”.

“When I bought my mobility scooter the MNDA gave me a sizeable contribution towards the cost. In short, I basically cannot imagine coping without MNDA” Alison said.

Big Fun Run attracts people of all shapes, sizes and ages. No event is timed, it is all about participants having fun and raising funds for a charity close to their heart.

Alison has never taken part in a fun run before and explained “I thought it would be nice to do some fundraising for MNDA and give something back. I saw the Big Fun Run advertised and decided to give it a go!”.

“As I tend to be known by my grandchildren as “Scooter Grandma” I’m looking forward to the Big Fun Run and living up to my name”.

The Big Fun Run promises a fun, relaxed atmosphere and is the perfect challenge to set yourself in 2018. To find out more about the 2018 Series and find events near you, visit www.bigfunrun.com.

To read more about Alison’s story and donate, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/alison-pickard