Wheels and Walkies at Denbies Wine Estate, Dorking

The East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association are looking for local wheelchair users and/or dog walkers, together with their families and friends, to join them on a very special walk around Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking, from 10.00am on Saturday 16th October, to help raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease, as well as vital funds to support local people living with the condition.

‘Wheels and Walkies’ is the brainchild of 48-year-old Dorking resident, Carlos Lopez Lansdowne, who himself was diagnosed with MND in December 2019, and who regularly takes his own dog, Cooper, for a walk around Denbies Wine Estate, using his own powered wheelchair.

Although primarily aimed at wheelchair users and/or dog walkers, the walk is suitable for all ages and abilities, with three different routes to choose from, ranging from a gentle ‘stroll’ around Denbies Wine Estate, to a 5-mile ‘hike’ to Polesden Lacey and back!

The event is free to take part, with a free t-shirt for all participants. For further information and to register, please visit www.bit.ly/2XB1CYk. Anyone wishing to support the event by way of a donation can do so at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/wheelsandwalkies.

Branch Chairman, Simon Edmands, said, “We really want as many people as possible to join us on the walk, to help create a ‘sea’ of blue t-shirts across the wine estate, so do please join us if you can!”.

The event organisers are also very grateful to Waitrose in Dorking, Hikes of Surrey and Village Greens Farm Shop, for their very kind support of the event.

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressive terminal condition which kills, on average, six people every day in the UK. It can leave people unable to walk, talk or even feed themselves, whilst their mind and senses invariably remain unaffected. Average life expectancy from diagnosis is just fourteen months and, as yet, there is no cure or effective treatment.

The East Surrey Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) provides care and support to around 60 people living with MND throughout the East Surrey area, as well as helping to fund vital research into the disease itself.

To find out more about Motor Neurone Disease and the work of the MND Association, together with how you can support your local Branch, please visit www.mndassociation.org or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or eastsurrey@mndassociation.org. You can also follow the MND Association and East Surrey Branch on Twitter at @mndassoc and @mndaeastsurrey and Facebook at MND Association and MND Association East Surrey Branch.

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