A warm welcome to the South Lancs Branch of the MND Association (MNDA)

We hope that you are all well and staying safe in these extremely challenging times.


It's been a little while now since we had advice from the Association to cancel face to face meetings. At that time we wanted to let our members and supporters know about this and we were all unsure of how long this situation would prevail.


Recent communication from the Association is that we are still unable to hold face to face meetings and there is no certainty about when things might change in this respect. We are conscious that in these uncertain times it is difficult to keep in touch with each other.


The branch committee held a virtual meeting last night, which was a new experience to us. We have decided to try to keep in touch with branch members and supporters by using on-line virtual meetings. So, in lieu of branch meetings we have arranged virtual monthly meetings using Zoom as per the details below:

Why not give it a try on Wednesday the 20th of January, at the usual time, 7:30pm.


Topic: South Lancs Branch Monthly Meeting


        Jan 20, 2021 19:30
        Feb 17, 2021 19:30
        Mar 17, 2021 19:30 (AGM)
        Apr 21, 2021 19:30
        May 19, 2021 19:30
        Jun 16, 2021 19:30
        Jul 21, 2021 19:30
        Aug 18, 2021 19:30
        Sep 15, 2021 19:30
        Oct 20, 2021 19:30
        Nov 17, 2021 19:3


You can download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.

Monthly: https://us04web.zoom.us/meeting/upIud-yvrDwoHd3WbSEIwJgl4EYe9FtszEwF/ics?icsToken=98tyKu6urTsvHdaSsh6OR7YAA4igZ-3zpmZBgqcOqx3WJglESAT6Ysd7N-tZBMvK

 To Join any of our Zoom Meeting click on the following link;

Meeting ID: 840 4300 8455

Password: 703722














The South Lancs Branch covers St.Helens and Warrington in the south through Cronton, Whiston, Leigh, Wigan, to Standish Skelmersdale and Burscough in the north. We hold get-togethers every 3rd Wednesday of the month at the Holiday Inn Haydock, Lodge Ln, Haydock, WA12 0JG at 7:30pm. We always welcome new faces to join us for a cuppa and a chat. Our venue is modern, wheelchair friendly and very welcoming. Meetings and Parking are free but please log your car registration with reception.

Contact our chairperson on mndachairsouthlancs@gmail.com or 07908 441 040 for more details.

The branch is run entirely by volunteers and aims to provide the best possible support to local people with MND, their families, carers and those close to them. 


What we do:

  • We offer emotional, practical and financial support.

  • Provide a link with other vital services where needed, through our team of trained Association Visitors.

  • Hold regular meetings and other events in the area.

  • Liaise with local health and social care professionals to influence and improve services for people with MND.

  • Campaign to influence and raise awareness of the disease in the wider community.

  • Support and organise fundraising events to contribute to things that improve the quality of life for people living with MND in the South Lancs area, to pay for equipment not provided elsewhere and to help fund MNDA care and national research projects.

Branch meeting dates for 2020


  • Jan 20, 2021 19:30- Now a Zoom branch meeting (See above)

  • Feb 17, 2021 19:30- Now a Zoom branch meeting (See above)

  • Mar 17, 2021 19:30 (AGM)- Now a Zoom branch meeting (See above)

  • Apr 21, 2021 19:30- Now a Zoom branch meeting (See above)

  • May 19, 2021 19:30

  • Jun 16, 2021 19:30 MND Awareness Film Evening - Covid-19 Risk mitigation measures dependant

  • Jul 21, 2021 19:30

  • Aug 18, 2021 19:30

  • Sep 15, 2021 19:30

  • Oct 20, 2021 19:30

  • Nov 17, 2021 19:30

















About MND / ALS

What is Motor Neurone Disease (MND)?



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. Watch the short animation shown above for an overview about the disease, then select from the following to find out more. Our information covers health and social care in England, Wales and Northern Ireland – please contact MND Scotland if you live in Scotland.


If you are living with or close to someone with motor neurone disease (MND), the MNDA 'About MND' web hub is designed to help you. It also answers common questions about MND and Kennedy’s disease, including how the disease is diagnosed, and how to manage daily life, access support and find information.

Click here for more information 'About MND'..

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'Embracing technology - Ono of our branch meetings on the Zoom platform'

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South Lancs Branch now has a new Instagram Page.

You'll find links to our each of our Social Media Feeds on each page on our website, look for the Social Bar Icons at the bottom-left of each page and simply click the icon for the feed that you are interested in.

  • Facebook Social Icon
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  • Flickr Social Icon
  • YouTube Social  Icon
  • Pinterest Social Icon
  • Instagram Social Icon

A huge thank-you to Bill Horton and the team at Salford Community Walking Football Club who have raised £500 for the MND Asociation.

If you can help here's the link to our just giving page. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mnda-south-lancs-branch



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Big thanks to all who participated in our Xmas virtual quiz night event on the 12th of December 2020. Email fundraisingsouthlancs@gmail.com or scan or click on the QR code for more details of fundraising events.


Save the Dates.

A Selection of some of our fantastic events for 2020/2021...

We'll be at Warrington Disability Awareness Day ("DAD") at Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington on Sunday the 27th of September 2020. Why not pop in and see what's on offer at the world's largest 'not for profit' voluntary-led disability exhibition, held annually in a huge tented village within the grounds of Walton Hall Gardens in Warrington'.

Entry to the show ground is completely FREE and so is the programme.

Visit https://www.disabilityawarenessday.org.uk/ for more information - This event has been postponed due to CV19

Thank-you all for coming out to support the MNDA and the South Lancs Branch at our Totally Amaze-balls 2018 MNDA Charity Ball. We'll be back with the 2020 Charity Ball on Saturday the 14th of November 2020.

This event has been postponed due to CV19

MNDA South Lancs Branch Charity Ball

The 4th Annual MNDA Awareness Film Evening will be on Wednesday the 17th of June 2020.

This event has been postponed due to CV19

MNDA MND Awareness Film Evening

South Lancs Branch Just Giving Page


Our branch has a Just Giving page which supports all of the branch fundraising events thoughout the year. Donating through the site is simple, fast and totally secure! We guarantee that the money raised here will go to helping people living with MND and their families in the South Lancs area.  Thanks.

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Emergency Winter Appeal

The South Lancs Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association has launched an Emergency Appeal for donations to maintain their vital support for people living with MND, a terminal illness.

Local people with MND turn to the South Lancs Branch for advice, face-to-face meetings and importantly can apply for financial grants to help improve their quality of life.

The MND Association expect to lose over £2 million this year due to the cancellation of community and sporting events as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. But our fight against MND can’t be delayed. Local people affected by the disease need our support now, they need their voices heard today.

But with the COVID-19 restrictions continuing, volunteers at the South Lancs Branch are determined to find other ways to raise money to continue supporting local people facing the devastating illness. 

Our branch is run entirely by volunteers and provides vital support and services support to local people with MND, their families, carers and those close to them.

People with MND are extremely vulnerable and are relying on our help and support now more than ever.

Around 150 people are living with this brutal disease in the South Lancs area, MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease which affects the brain and spinal cord. It attacks the nerves that control movement and eventually leaves people unable to move, communicate or breathe. It kills a third of people within a year of diagnosis and half within two years. There is no cure. Thank-you.


What is the Act to Adapt campaign?

Act to Adapt is a Motor Neurone Disease Association campaign to advocate for accessible homes and a fairer and faster system for delivering housing adaptations for people with motor neurone disease (MND).


Currently, many people living with MND face significant challenges when having to adapt their homes or move to accessible housing. These include high costs, a lengthy process and lack of information and support. Without an accessible home, people living with MND may be trapped in one room, unable to reach the bathroom or get out of the front door. In some cases, the COVID-19 pandemic and the need to self-isolate has exacerbated the situation.


The Act to Adapt report sets out recommendations for local and national governments to help people living with MND and others in desperate need of accessible housing, based on good practice.

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A huge thank-you to Laura & Jaqueline who raised over £1000 for the MND Asociation by doing a sponsored walk from Wrightington Hospital to Wigan Infirmary honouring their mum on the 18th of July

If you can help here's the link to our just giving page. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mnda-south-lancs-branch