Playing for a Cure

This week I want to share with you a fantastic fundraising effort that was inspired by my mum’s diagnosis.

My friend Helen is looking to raise £3000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. Her challenge? She is learning to play the clarinet … in a year.

The last instrument I learned to play was the recorder, so obviously I can sympathise. I could just about play hot cross buns after two years, before I made the wise decision to call it quits. Helen is aiming to get to at least Grade 5 in clarinet by 2019 – and possibly even further. Why not grade 6 or 7 or 8? Why not donate for every grade hit?

Committing herself to at least 10-15 minutes of clarinet practice every day is so impressive. In addition to that, she is blogging about her experience – so you can follow her progress. I am sure she will sail past her (in her words: ‘ambitious’) target of £3000 – but she can’t do that without your support.

When Helen asked me if I thought this was a good idea, I was so enthusiastic. It’s a fun, new and creative way to raise awareness and raise money for a charity whose support we would struggle without. In the past 51 weeks, the Motor Neurone Disease Association have provided emotional support through MND Connect, have offered funding for voice banking, and recently sent my mum a cheque to help cover the rising cost of her care. They have given her hope, and a sense of purpose by asking her to be involved in raising awareness. And, crucially, they are helping fund research into finding a cure for this disease.

I will continue to share Helen’s progress on Twitter, and I would encourage you to follow her fundraising efforts over the next year by checking out her blog, Clarinet 2018.

To make a donation, please click here.

Thank you for your continued support, in reading my blog, and helping raise awareness and fundraise for something so close to my heart.

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