City Against MND Network Supporter to Walk 300 Mile Jarrow March to Raise Awareness

The City Against Motor Neurone Disease (MND)
Network, a group 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, announces supporter Thom Lant
will be walking the historic Jarrow March to raise awareness of MND starting in
Jarrow, North East of England on Monday March 6.

The 300 mile walk will follow the route of
the original Jarrow March of 1936, travelling through many of England’s major
cities and towns including Darlington, Harrogate, Leeds, Barnsley, Sheffield,
Nottingham, Leicester, Northampton, Bedford, Luton, St Albans and finishing in
London.

The walk will take 15 days, the original
March took 27 days, finishing on Monday, March 20.

“I want to do something to support all the
great work my friend Dave Setters, who has MND, is doing through his City
Against MND Network,” says Lant. “Dave works tirelessly to raise thousands for
various charities and is an inspiration in so many ways.

“My grandfather, who served in Burma during
World War II, also had MND and I never got to meet him. The nature of the
disease meant he lost his voice and died in silence, unable to say goodbye to
his loved ones. That was in 1970. While there have been advances since, a
diagnosis of MND remains, in effect, a death sentence. However, people say that
MND isn’t incurable, it’s simply underfunded. I want to help put that right, as
well as improve care for those living with the disease which leaves people
unable to use their limbs, to eat and speak and ultimately to breathe.”

“So many people are generously giving their
time and money to support MND, yet there is so much more that can and needs to
be done,” says Dave Setters, founder of the City Against MND Network. “I was
delighted when Thom told me he wanted to help by doing the Jarrow March. Since
my diagnosis, I have made many friends in the MND community and they will be
along the route to cheer him on. Despite the devastating nature of the
condition, they remain resilient and positive and an effort such as Thom’s will
be hugely appreciated as it will help to keep the need for better care and the
all-important search for a cure in the public eye.”

Lant is a London-based public relations and
marketing professional. He most recently served as senior director of marketing
for Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) for CME Group. He joined the exchange
in August 2014 after serving as a marketing executive at Nasdaq NLX. From
October 2012 until joining CME Group in 2014, Lant served as director of
marketing and communications for Nasdaq.

Previously, Lant was vice president of
marketing and public relations for the Bahrain Financial Exchange, where he
served as vice president, head of PR and marketing. Prior to joining Bahrain
Financial Exchange in January 2009, Lant served as business manager, head of corporate
affairs and marketing at London Metal Exchange (LME) from July 2007 to December
2008.

The finish of the walk will be 5pm on Monday,
March 20 at the Lamb Tavern in Leadenhall Market, City of London. Donations can
be made on the following link: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/thom-lant

Julie Ros

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