On Thursday 21st June, three iconic venues lit up to support Global MND Awareness day, to support people living with, or affected by, Motor Neurone Disease in Greater Manchester!
Manchester Town Hall and Media City lit up in the MND Associations distinctive Orange and Blue colours, and the Trafford Centre had their domes blue to show support and to help raise awareness for the local Manchester and District Branch, which covers Greater Manchester.
The Town Hall event had a huge crowd attend, far surpassing expectations, but making for a fantastic photo in front of one of the cities most iconic buildings, demonstrating how much this meant to people who have been affected by MND in our area.
The Trafford Centre and Town Hall venues were organised by branch Fundraiser, Stacey Kerr, who said:
‘It was an off the cuff idea, I approached the Council wondering if they would help us, they agreed to do it, and the event gained momentum from there, I was blown away by the support on the day at the Town Hall, we even had exclusive access to the front of the building for the big moment! I want to thank Manchester Council and the Trafford Centre for their brilliant help, I was proud to arrange this in memory of my mum, Gerry Kerr, who we lost to MND and I had my family around me for this very special moment’.
Media City was organised by branch Campaigner, Greg Broadhurst, who said:
‘Inspired by Stacey’s work, I wanted to secure a venue in my Grandad’s home city of Salford, as a tribute to my Grandad John, who we sadly lost to MND. I approached Media City, an iconic modern Salford venue, and was delighted when the team at Media City said they could help. What I did not expect was the stunning lengths Niamh, Clive and the media city team went to, buildings were lit and flashing orange and blue, and the bridge over the water created a stunning visual effect in the video I took. A huge thankyou to Media City, a stunning end to global awareness day!’
The three venues provided a huge boost to the profile of the MND Association locally and nationally, proving to be hugely popular on our social media channels. Importantly for those living with Motor Neurone Disease, this type of awareness provided great heart, and demonstrated how much support we have locally.
Branch Chair, Phil Bennett, commented:
‘It was a great honour to gather at Manchester Town Hall on Global Awareness day with over 70 supporters of the Branch, a time for sadness remembering those we have lost to this dreadful disease, but also a time for optimism for the future. It’s events like this that raise awareness and the more likelihood that people will donate to our cause. Research is at an all time high so we need to push forward to achieve our goal of ‘A World Free From MND’.
Our branch is there to support people living with MND, their Carers, and their families across Greater Manchester, we also work closely with the Manchester MND Care Centre, based at Salford Royal, who came to support us on the night!
If anyone around Greater Manchester needs support, they can visit our website at www.mndamanchester.org.uk where we have dates for our get together’s, support groups, and more!
Watch video’s of the fab light show at Media City below, from our YouTube channel!