Love is the spur for a woman from Spalding to do a specialwalk this Saturday for a charity that is helping her husband.
Julie Grantham (45), of Galway Close, is walking from Pinchbeck to Spalding and back in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association after her husband Andrew (49) was diagnosed with the disease in February.
The 10 kilometre walk starts at 10am from Morrisons, Wardentree Lane, where fundraisers will be hosting a tombola and Andrew, a former lorry driving instructor, will see his wife off and welcome her back.
Julie said: “I came up with the idea after my sister-in-law, Liz Grantham, did the St Albans Half-Marathon for the MND Association and Alzheimers’ Society in June.
“A group of us is doing the walk in support of my husband who has gone from doing everything himself to being unable to anything for himself.
“The MND Association has provided fantastic support for us to live as comfortably and enjoyably as possible, so we want to support the charity in its research to find a treatment that will prevent the condition and prolong the life of those affected by MND.”
The disease affects about two out of every 100,000 people in the UK and causes muscle weakness, loss of mobility and difficulties in speaking, swallowing and breathing.
Andrew said: “The first time I realised something was wrong was when I started limping slightly on the left-hand side of my body after hurting my back five years ago.
“I had various tests which came back in February and showed that I was suffering from MND.
“The support I’ve had from the MND Association has been absolutely fantastic and my wife and family are determined to do all they can to help the charity.
To make a donation, go to http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/TheGranthams10kChallenge