“City Swim is an inspiration! It has been fantastic to see so many support the cause to finding a cure for MND. It was both an honour and a joy to be a part of the first London City Swim and we look forward to our continued involvement this year and building on the success of the global initiative to end MND.”

Elizabeth Forrester, Executive Director of The Stephen Hawking Direction

The Stephen Hawking Foundation was established on the initiative of Professor Stephen Hawking to facilitate research into Cosmology, Astrophysics and Fundamental Particle Physics both at school and university level. It will also facilitate and support work relating to Motor Neurone Disease and those living with the disease.

The Stephen Hawking Foundation was launched on 29th October 2015 at The Royal Institution of Great Britain.

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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.