Stags Supporting MNDA
As announced during pre-season, AFC Totton have chosen the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) as its charity partner for the 2014/15 season.
The clubs aim throughout the season is not only to raise money for this fantastic charity, but also to raise awareness of this cruel, debilitating and fatal disease.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord. This means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting.
MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. However, not all symptoms necessarily happen to everyone and it is unlikely they will all develop at the same time, or in any specific order.
Although there is currently no cure for MND, symptoms can be managed to help you achieve the best possible quality of life and this is a big part of what MNDA do.
The Motor Neurone Disease Association is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning. They also do all that they can to enable everybody living with MND to receive the best care, achieve the highest possible quality of life and to die with dignity.
The AFC Totton footballing family has recently lost an ex-player to the disease, making the partnership an even more obvious choice. Chris Maple, his wife Vanessa and their family lost her father Mike Guillver to MND in October 2013. Mike played in goal for Totton during his footballing career, with the family being regular visitors to this day to watch the Stags play.
Last season, we as a club, hosted Chris and his family as they looked to raise awareness of MND while also raising money with a bucket collection. Their story resonated with the executive committee and when the MNDA was suggested as the clubs chosen charity, it was a simple decision.
Chris and his family now want to work with the club over the season to raise awareness and run events with the support of the club. We are now pleased to announce the first of these events and give a glimpse into plans for the season.
– Friday September 26th 2014 – General Knowledge Quiz
– Friday November 28th 2014 – Skittles Night
– A race night to coincide with the Grand National
– End of season fun day, charity match and a night of live music.
– Collections and awareness raising on selected match days.
More details will be released in the build up to the events starting with information about the quiz night in the coming week.
We hope that all supporters join us in supporting MNDA in their quest to raise awareness and funds for this devastating disease.
For more information about MND and the MNDA please visit their website – http://www.mndassociation.org/
In addition to the work alongside AFC Totton, Chris is also organising a Sports Dinner and Auction being hosted in Salisbury in October. Dame Sarah Storey, Team GB’s most decorated Paralympian, is the guest speaker. Tickets are on sale now, more information can be found at SPORTS DINNER & AUCTION