Cov Uni academic raised nearly £45k for MND charity  - The Coventry Observer

Cov Uni academic raised nearly £45k for MND charity 

Holly Clement 29th Jun, 2024 Updated: 1st Jul, 2024   0

A COVENTRY University academic undertook a charity challenge raising nearly £45,000 in support of his brother-in-law, who is battling Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Thomas Hames, course director for sport and exercise therapy at Coventry University, completed an 84-mile, eight-day trek along Hadrian’s Wall alongside his brother-in-law, Luke Hames-Brown.

The challenge, aimed to raise awareness and cash for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Luke, 35, who married Thomas’ sister Kate in 2022, was diagnosed with MND in April of last year, following a period of leg weakness that began the previous year.

Despite the life-altering diagnosis, Luke, a former doctor and search and rescue volunteer, is determined to inspire others facing similar challenges to create lasting memories and live life to the fullest.

Thomas, joined Luke and several family members on the trek, said: “I think what Luke is doing is incredible – the positivity that he’s found deep inside himself to do this is amazing.

“He’s never wanted to stop just because he’s got Motor Neurone Disease.

“Both he and my sister Kate are strong people, they’ve always been determined to help others.”

Thomas said the challenge was physically and mentally hard due to the purpose of the fundraising.

“This might be the last time he’ll be able to do something like this, but he’s incredibly positive.

“This is a huge cause for him, and the money raised will help fund research into MND to help future generations.”

The average prognosis following diagnosis of the disease is just three years.

The recent passing of former Rugby League player Rob Burrow has further highlighted the urgent need for increased research and support for those affected by MND.

“Rob Burrow certainly gave Luke a lot of inspiration to make the best out of all the time you get.

“Part of this challenge is about inspiring others to make memories when they experience things like this, and we’ve made some great memories with Luke on this trip.”

The trek saw eight family members, including Thomas, Kate, their parents, and Luke’s parents, participating in various stages of the walk, joined by friends.

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