Raising cash for granddad

THANKS: Richard Allison (left) hands over the money he raised to Luke Rutter, of Cleveland MNDA and (inset) Lawrence Failes
THANKS: Richard Allison (left) hands over the money he raised to Luke Rutter, of Cleveland MNDA and (inset) Lawrence Failes

A RUNNER has raised £480 for a debilitating disease charity in memory of his late granddad.

Richard Allison, 32, ran in a relay team in the GDF Suez Leeds Half Marathon to raise money for The Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

The Hartlepool fundraiser was inspired to take part for the charity after his granddad, Lawrence Failes, died in 1991 after a battle with motor neurone disease (MND).

Lawrence, also from Hartlepool, was said to be a fit and healthy man before his health rapidly deteriorated and he lost his battle with the illness aged 62.

Grandson Richard says Lawrence’s painful death stays with him to this day.

He said: “The loss of my granddad to MND was devastating for the whole family, I have such fond memories of him but the way that his life ended was so sad.”

Richard, who lives in Hart Lane with his partner Michelle Pearson, a 33-year-old care home manager, has taken part in a number of fundraising activities since Lawrence’s death.

He added: “I want to help others diagnosed with this disease through the MNDA.

“They were a fantastic support to my granddad and I know that they do such good work in this area, providing support at a time when people need it most.”

Richard ran the half marathon in two hours and eight minutes in a team consisting of six colleagues from Fabricom GDF Suez based at the Wilton International Site, in Redcar.

Richard, who works as a buyer for the firm, handed over the £480 cheque to Luke Rutter, who runs the Cleveland branch of the MNDA.

Luke, who runs the charity with his wife Pat in Middlesbrough, said the money Richard raised will go towards research into MND and helping people who have been diagnosed with the illness.

He said: “It can be a scary time for people when they are diagnosed, we help to signpost them to the right NHS services available, provide information, hold monthly meetings and support groups.”

The Cleveland branch of MNDA was started in August 1987 by Luke and Pat in memory of a close friend who died of the disease.

The couple both run the branch on a voluntary basis and are delighted by the generosity of people who give their time and money towards supporting the work of their charity.

Luke added: “I’d like to thank Richard for his continued support for the MNDA, I am sure his granddad would be very proud of him.”

For more information about the MNDA, contact Luke on (01642) 813300.