Supporting The MNDA


Helping Hand Mobility Supporting the MNDA (Motor Neurone Disease Association)

What is MND, (Motor Neurone Disease)

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive disease where your own body attacks the motor neurones, or the nerves, in the brain and spinal cord.

As this happens, the messages that are sent to your muscles from your brain gradually stop getting through. This leads to muscle weakness and wasting.

MND takes away the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink and eventually breathe!

Although there is currently no cure for MND, the symptoms can be managed to help suffers maintain the best possible quality of life.

Dad - 1945 - 2012

My father Brian was diagnosed with MND in April 2011. I spent much of my time trying to keep up with the pace of the disease as it took Dad's mobility away over a short period of time. Although Dad was entitled to full mobility allowance, getting the right equipment at the right time proved a problem.

This lead me to sourcing good quality used mobility equipment to ensure I could keep Dad as mobile as possible at a time when he needed it most.

Dad was set free from MND in May 2012. Since this time, I have been working on a way to provide people with the right equipment, at the right time and at a price point that is affordable to all.  

2013, Helping Hand Stairlifts was born!

Bupa Great Manchester Run

On Sunday the 18th May 2014, Ian Chesworth, Laura Riley (nee Chesworth) and Graeme Chesworth all ran and completed the Bupa Great Manchester 10k Run with around 40,000 other runners in glorious sunshine.  

They ran in memory of their late father, Brian Chesworth who was set free after his 15 month battle with MND (motor neurone disease) on the 17th May 2012.

The MNDA was the chosen charity to run for and so far team Chesworth has raised over £1700.00 for the charity who support sufferers and their families through this fatal and incurable muscle wasting disease.

Laura, who completed the run on crutches due to a knee injury, crossed the finish line in 2h 15m, Graeme’s time was 55m 12s and Ian’s was 54m 04s. They would like to thank everybody who has supported them with donations and the wonderful crowd that cheered all the competitors on. 

Ian says, “It was great to run with so many people each with their own inspiring stories and and great causes to raise money and awareness for. 
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