Runners who took part in February’s Saffery Champness Mud-N-Fun Run have raised £10,000 for the Guernsey branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (GMNDA).
The 6th biennial event, organised by the Hash House Harriers, has become a highlight in the local fun run calendar with around 500 people taking part in the 2012 race.
The 30-year-old charity helps islanders cope with the disease on a day-to-day basis as well as offering respite for their carers.
The £10,000 raised will be used by the GMNDA to buy two hoists to help MND sufferers to get in and out beds and armchairs. The remainder of the money has been used to buy specially-made hoist slings.
Derek Le Boutillier, GMNDA committee chairman, said: “Equipment is extremely expensive. We are grateful to Saffery Champness and the Hash House Harriers helping us to provide sufferers with equipment that will enhance their quality of life.”
Helen Green, Saffery Champness director, said: “As a business Saffery Champness aims to get involved with community and charity events that make a fundamental difference to people’s lives. The amount raised by Mud n Fun Run participants, and what it has helped to provide for Guernsey, is fantastic.”
A total of £12,500 was raised by the event with the remaining £2,500 presented to Bulstrode House earlier this year to assist with the costs for heated blankets for the main ward, a TV and DVD player for the treatment room and automatic doors to the building.