Branch Chairman: Mr Phil Bennett
I became involved with the Association when my mother was diagnosed with MND.
I became a Committee member in 2001, the year after my mother passed away, and became Branch Chair in 2003 with a year off in 2011.
I am also the Newsletter editor.
Vice Chair / Campaigner / Website & Social Media: Greg Broadhurst
Hello, I’m Greg! I’ve been with the Manchester and District Branch since 2014, and help the branch run their social media across Facebook and Twitter. We’ve seen huge success with the social media side, by helping fundraisers promote events, and by providing a means of contact for those who need to ask a quick question.
I’ve been a supporter of the Associations work for quite some time, and always tried to help promote their work. Incidentally, it was my personal social media work, that led to being asked to help the branch, at the 2014 Spring Conference, by those I’d got to know online at the national office!
My own involvement with the MND Association comes from losing my Grandad to MND. I was too young to have known the great man I’ve been told about, before MND struck, but the pain it’s caused my family since, has left me driven to make a difference.
I’ve seen the scar the experience left on my family, and by helping the branch, it gives my family a huge sense of pride that I’m leaving a legacy to the memory of my Grandad. In recent years, a friend lost a parent, giving me another reason to help.
I’m also an avid campaigner for the MND association, and enjoy lobbying, some might say too much! We have seen huge success in a short time locally, and I’m also working with national office on wider campaigns, including lobbying MP’s, so we can continue to make a difference to those living with MND across our Branch area.
I try to transfer skills obtained during my career in the business world, and in doing so, aim to help the branch to continue to be a great success for many years to come!
Branch Secretary: Mrs Ann Powell
I am the Branch secretary for the Manchester & District branch. I took on this role, having joined as a committee member in 2013.
I lost my husband to MND in April 2012, having been his full time carer, which allowed us to spend quality time together as a family. The MNDA had kindly helped purchase equipment, which ensured my husband continued to have a good quality of life.
Therefore following his passing away, I felt motivated to give something back to the Association, which began with a collection in lieu of flowers at my husband’s funeral. This gave me the momentum to become involved with the Association, to raise awareness and funds to support people living with MND, and their families.
Branch Treasurer: Mr David Crowther
Branch Contact: Mrs Sue McCormick
I have been a member of the Manchester Branch and MND Association since 1985. I am a Speech and Language Therapist by profession and found myself working with people with MND when I qualified in 1984. There was little support then, the Association was in it’s infancy and I knew I wanted to make a difference.
I now work as an NHS manager but still provide some direct care, as I remain one of the SLT’s on a rapid response community MND team.
I have been the branch secretary, branch chair, Trustee of the national Association and an Association volunteer. I presently serve on the Care Committee of the national Assocaition.
Patient Support: Mrs Barbara Tew
Association Visitor. Volunteer at MND Care Centre Clinic at Salford Royal. Former carer.
Served as a Trustee for 13 years.
Committee Member: Mrs Vicky McCarrick
I joined the Committee about 10 years ago. The reason
I became involved with the local branch was as a direct
result of my husband Ian, who passed away, aged 32 after
living with MND for 5 years. At the time I could not believe
what a terrible disease MND was and yet how it had the
ability to bring out the best in people at such a shocking time. I wanted to do something, no matter how small, to assist anyone dealing with MND. These days I value meeting up with my MND friends in the hope that we can help make someone’s life just a wee bit easier as they go through a really tough and often heart breaking time. MND completely altered my life and I wanted to acknowledge that but not be defined by it.
My work on the Committee helps me keep perspective on my current day to day life and reminds me to be very, very grateful for everything that I have. Plus our meetings give us the chance to feast on Jon’s home baking.
AV Co-ordinator: Mrs Jean Cox
Fundraising Co-ordinator: Mrs Stacey Kerr
Hello! My name is Stacey and although I have supported the associations work for a number of years, I have only recently started attending the open get-togethers with the fantastic team here in Manchester. I was so enthused by the support they give locally and the dedication of the individuals involved. I was honoured when they asked me to join the branch Committee in 2015. My passion is fundraising and I have organised lots of local events to raise vital funds and much needed awareness of MND. I have also climbed Kilimanjaro raising almost £15,000 in the process! My role within the team will be to organise and promote fundraising ideas and events in our area.
I lost my beloved mum to MND in 2005 and was horrified by the lack of awareness or funding. This has driven me to raise as much as I can and strive for a world free from MND. I have a passion and commitment which hopefully, alongside the rest of the team, will make a difference.