CAWC International is proud to be supporting the MND Breathing Support project, which has the full backing of the Chiltern Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The MND Association (www.mndassociation.org) is a charity registered in England, charity no. 294354.
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 the motor neurones gradually stop reaching the muscles. This leads the muscles to weaken, stiffen and waste.
MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. Some people also experience changes to their thinking and behaviour. However, MND affects everyone differently. Not all symptoms will affect everyone, or in the same order. Symptoms also progress at varying speeds, which makes the course of the disease difficult to predict.
MND is life-shortening and there is no cure. Although the disease will progress, symptoms can be managed to help achieve the best possible quality of life. There is a 1 in 300 risk of getting MND across a lifetime. It can affect adults of any age, but is more likely to affect people over 50. MND affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time.
Richard Coleman, Chair of the Chiltern Branch of the MND Association, says: “I am very pleased that the CAWC is supporting the 'Breathing Support' initiative, which should make a considerable difference to the quality of life of those with MND and their carers.”
Dr Faeqa Hami DA FRCP, Consultant in Palliative Medicine for Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, who is leading the Breathing Support project comments: “The objective of this project is to offer high quality assessments and clinical support for patients and their carers, and the project team is delighted to receive the support of the CAWC in facilitating this work.”
CHARITY CHRISTMAS BAZAAR
This charity will be the recipient of CAWC fundraising during the next two club years, and will specifically benefit from 100% of the proceeds from the 33rd Annual Charity Christmas Bazaar, which will be virtual this year: last year we raised £22,000 for our charity from our Christmas Bazaar to give you an idea of how fabulous an event it is!