Celebrities Join Forces with the City to Combat Motor Neurone Disease

Former England test cricketer Chris Broad and Good Morning
Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins will host a Celebrity Quiz Night at Minster
Exchange in the City of London on January 18 2017 to raise funds for the Motor
Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

Broad founded The Broad
Appeal
together with his son, England test fast bowler Stuart, and
daughter, Gemma, in memory of his wife Michelle Broad who suffered from MND and
passed away in 2010. Hawkins’ father, Frank, also passed away with MND in 2015.

The event is being promoted by Contango Markets’ consultant
and former Futures & Options World
managing director, David Setters, who can be contacted at davidsetters57@gmail.com.

Diagnosed with a slowly progressive version of the disease
in 2012, Setters founded The City Against MND Network in 2015. “The Network
aims to provide a focus for corporate, collaborative and individual giving from
the City, its institutions and service companies,” he explains. “I’ve already
found several individuals working in financial services who have been in some
way “touched” by the disease, whether through family, colleagues or friends.”

MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease that affects the
brain and spinal cord. It kills a third of people within a year and more than
half within two years of diagnosis. It attacks the nerves that control movement
so muscles no longer work. It can leave people locked in a failing body, unable
to move, talk, swallow and eventually breathe. There is no cure.

“Up to 5,000 people in the UK live with MND and six people
die from it each day,” says Setters. “It is not as rare as people think with
recent statistics showing that a person’s lifetime risk of developing MND is
just 1 in 300. As in any other walk of life, it will have touched many people
working in financial services.”

The organisers hope that people working in the City or
nearby will attend with friends, as a group or with their companies. Sponsorship
opportunities are available along with the possibility of reserving a “team
table,” for 10 and individual tickets.  Details
of how to book a table or seats at the event are available here.

The City against MND
Network
is for those working in
and around the City of London who have in some way been ‘touched’ by MND and
would like to help find a cure and improve care/services for those living with
it. Working with the MND Association, it aims to raise awareness & much
needed funds. 

Colin Lambert

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