Sponsored walk in memory of Anne Chamberlain
Wed, 02 Sep 2020

A group of council friends and colleagues are limbering up to do a sponsored walk this month in memory of Anne Chamberlain.

Anne was well known as the council's building design group manager until she retired last year. Sadly she died in March this year after a battle with Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Now her friends are hoping to celebrate Anne's memory by taking on an 18-mile trek to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The sponsored walk will take place on Saturday 26 September in Bridlington and those taking part hope to raise around £1,000.

Simon Button, who worked closely with Anne, is one of the organisers of the event. He said: "Anne sadly passed away shortly before the start of lockdown as a result of this devastating disease, MND.

"Those of us who were privileged to visit Anne over the months before her death witnessed her face MND in the same way that she worked and lived; project managed with great strength, dignity, humour and resilience.

"Many people at the council will recall that Anne project managed the rebuilding of Bridlington Spa. Before she died we talked to her about fund-raising and she wanted us to start and finish a sponsored walk at The Spa in aid of MND Association.

"Part of the purpose of the walk will be to celebrate our memories of Anne."

Simon will join friends and fellow organisers Janette Poole, Gail Cahill, Suzanne Tose, Helen Shaw, Carol Proud, Helena Moss, and around eight other people on the sponsored walk.

The fund-raiser - which will be socially distanced - will start and finish outside Bridlington Spa, with walkers travelling to Flamborough Head and back.

There will also be a shorter walk of about five miles for people who can't manage the 18 miles.

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressing disease that affects the brain and spinal cord, attacking the nerves that control movement so muscles no longer work. A third of people with MND die within a year and more than half within two years of diagnosis.

The Motor Neurone Disease Association provided support for Anne during her illness.

Denise Davies, head of community fund-raising at the charity, said: "Without the amazing support of people like Simon, Gail, Helen, Carol, Suzanne, Helena and Janette, the MND Association simply would not be able to provide its vital support services, fund research to find a cure and campaign and raise awareness of MND. Together we are making a real difference for people affected by this devastating disease."

The sponsored walk is due to set off from Bridlington Spa at 9.30am, aiming to finish at 5pm.

Anyone who would like to take part, in either the longer or shorter walks, can contact organisers Simon Button at simon.button@eastriding.gov.uk, or Gail Cahill at gail.cahill@eastriding.gov.uk

You can also sponsor the group online at: justgiving.com/fundraising/annejchamberlain


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