Memories of a Spalding man inspire hauliers

Julie Grantham (middle) with the Turners MND lorry. Also pictured are Mary Buffham and Turners Donington site operations manager Terry Moore. SG010317-113TW
Julie Grantham (middle) with the Turners MND lorry. Also pictured are Mary Buffham and Turners Donington site operations manager Terry Moore. SG010317-113TW
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A haulage firm is paying tribute to one of its former lorry driving instructors by raising awareness of the disease that claimed his life.

Andrew Grantham (50), from Spalding, died in July 2014 after battling motor neurone disease (MND) for 17 months.

His widow, Julie (49), wants more people to know about MND and the association raising money to try to find a cure.

She spoke to Turners (Soham) Ltd, which has depots in Quadring and Donington, and Andy Woods arranged for MND livery to go on the back of one of the trailers.

Julie, a receptionist at Spalding’s Johnson Community Hospital, said: “Everybody knows about cancer but nobody knows about MND.”

Early symptoms of the fatal illness can be slight or easily attributed to other things and Julie, says, Andrew’s illness was at first attributed to sciatica.

She said: “Andrew was diagnosed with MND in February 2013. He went from being really active to being in a wheelchair within five months and me doing everything for him.”

Despite Andrew’s devastating diagnosis, the couple married in Antigua in May 2013. “We just decided that was what we wanted to do,” said Julie. “We had been together for four years then.”

The couple crammed in as many holidays as they could and raised money for the MND Association.

Julie said: “There’s no cure for MND and you have got to do what you can while you can if you have been diagnosed.”

MND attacks motor nerves or neurons in the brain and spinal cord, killing just under 2,200 people every year in the UK.