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 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 16th of December, at the usual time, 7:30pm.
Topic: South Lancs Branch Monthly Meeting
Jun 17, 2020 19:30
Jul 15, 2020 19:30
Aug 19, 2020 19:30
Sep 16, 2020 19:30
Oct 21, 2020 19:30
Nov 18, 2020 19:30
Dec 16, 2020 19:30
You can download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
To Join any of our Zoom Meeting click on the following link;
Meeting ID: 763 0572 7279
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 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
Wednesday 16th January 2020
Wednesday 20th February 2020
Wednesday 20th March 2020 - Postponed due to Covid-19
Wednesday 17th April 2020 - Postponed due to Covid-19
Wednesday 15th May 2020 - Postponed due to Covid-19
Wednesday 19th June 2020 - No branch meeting due to MND Awareness Film Evening - Postponed due to Covid-19 - Now a Zoom branch meeting (See above)
Wednesday 17th July 2020 - Now a Zoom branch meeting (See above)
Wednesday 21st August 2020 - Now a Zoom branch meeting (See above)
Wednesday 18th September 2020 - Now a Zoom branch meeting (See above)
Wednesday 21st October 2020 - Now a Zoom branch meeting (See above)
Wednesday 18th November 2020 - Now a Zoom branch meeting (See above)
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.
'Embracing technology - Our branch meeting in July on the Zoom platform'
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.
Save the Dates.
A Selection of some of our fantastic events for 2020...
It's our first virtual quiz night event on the 21st of November 2020. Details can be found on our branch Just Giving page here and it's just £5 per household to enter. Email or scan or click on the QR code for more details.
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
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
The 4th Annual MNDA Awareness Film Evening will be on Wednesday the 17th of June 2020. - Postponed due to CV19
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