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Ingol teenager to tandem skydive for MND charity Len Johnrose Trust

Posted on - 24th September, 2021 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Charities, Fulwood, Ingol, People, Preston News, Proud Preston
15-year-old fundraiser Eden Turley

An Ingol teenager will this November take part in a tandem skydive for two motor neurone disease charities.

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On 20 November, 15-year-old Eden Turley, a student at Our Lady’s Catholic High School in Fulwood, will attend the North West Parachute Centre for the challenge.

Eden, who will turn 16 just before the skydive, is undertaking the feat for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Len Johnrose Trust.

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In 2017, close family friend Len Johnrose was diagnosed with motor neurone disease, and since then, he has worked closely with the MND Association to raise awareness.

In 2018, after revealing his diagnosis on BBC Radio Lancashire, two lifelong friends set up the Len Johnrose Trust to help him achieve his goals and live a full life.

Len had a successful professional football career, spanning nearly 20 years and 500 first-team appearances for Blackburn Rovers, Swansea City, Burnley and Bury FC.

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According to the MND Association, motor neurone disease (MND) describes a group of diseases that affect the nerves (motor neurones) in the spinal cord, which tell the muscles what to do.

Messages from the motor neurones gradually stop reaching the muscles in individuals with MND, resulting in muscle weakening, stiffening and wasting. MND can affect how a person walks, talks, eats, drinks and breathes. Some people also experience changes in their thinking and behaviour.

MND affects people in various ways, as not all symptoms will affect everyone or in the same order. The symptoms progress at varying speeds, which makes it difficult to predict the course of the disease.

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MND is life-shortening, and there is currently no cure, but symptoms can be managed to help people achieve the best quality of life possible.

To donate to Eden’s fundraiser, visit- https://www.gofundme.com/f/len-johnrose-trust-mnda

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