“We are delighted to once again be involved in the London City Swim 2018.  Last year’s event was truly special, and saw people of all ages and abilities come together to swim for MND.  We feel privileged to be a part of this event and look forward to building on the success of last year so that we can continue to fund even more vital research into motor neurone disease. Together, we can achieve a world free from MND.”

Denise Davies, Head of Community Fundraising, The MND Association.

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, we have grown significantly, with an ever-increasing community of volunteers, supporters and staff, all sharing the same goal – to support people with MND and everyone who cares for them. We are the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on MND care, research and campaigning.

Our vision is ‘A world free from MND’ and our mission is threefold:

  • We improve care and support for people with MND, their families and carers.
  • We fund and promote research that leads to new understanding and treatments, and brings us closer to a cure for MND.
  • We campaign and raise awareness so the needs of people with MND and everyone who cares for them are recognised and addressed by wider society.

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What is MND and ALS?

Motor neurone disease (MND) describes a group of diseases that affect the nerves (motor neurones) in the brain and spinal cord that tell your muscles what to do. With MND, messages from these nerves gradually stop reaching the muscles, leading them to weaken, stiffen and waste.

MND affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time. This means it is considered a relatively rare disease. As such, general health and social care professionals may not see many cases of MND, so it is important to seek out specialists who do have appropriate experience in its treatment and care.

Symptoms of MND include muscle weakness, cramps and spasms, pain and discomfort, speech problems, breathing problems, changes to thinking and behavior.

There is no cure for MND.

What is MND and ALS?

Motor neurone disease (MND) describes a group of diseases that affect the nerves (motor neurones) in the brain and spinal cord that tell your muscles what to do. With MND, messages from these nerves gradually stop reaching the muscles, leading them to weaken, stiffen and waste.

MND affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time. This means it is considered a relatively rare disease. As such, general health and social care professionals may not see many cases of MND, so it is important to seek out specialists who do have appropriate experience in its treatment and care.

Symptoms of MND include muscle weakness, cramps and spasms, pain and discomfort, speech problems, breathing problems, changes to thinking and behavior.

There is no cure for MND.