Trans-Canada motorbike challenge for Motor Neurone Disease Association

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Leatherhead resident takes up trans-Canada motorbike challenge to raise money for Motor Neurone Disease Association

Leatherhead resident Roger Wakeford, a member of the Foresters Friendly Society, is set to embark on a motorcycle ride across Canada to raise awareness and funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

Roger, who is also an MNDA volunteer, will undertake the journey - which is expected to be up to 4,000 miles - from 28th July, aiming to ride for 22 days.

Sponsorship will be based on the distance Roger is able to cover; so this could be by the mile, the Canadian province, the number of riding days or a lump sum for completion.

The MNDA is the nominated charity of the Foresters Friendly Society during 2009. The Society supports a wide range of charitable causes across the UK with members having raised a total of over £45,000 in 2008 for CLIC Sargent, the children's cancer charity alone - this was their nominated charity then. Roger also felt drawn to support the MNDA following his mother's death from the disease in 1995.

Of the challenge lying ahead of him, Roger Wakeford commented: "The Motor Neurone Disease Association plays an invaluable role in providing support and advice to help people living with this disease, as well as those who care for them, to maintain the highest possible quality of life.

"The association and its volunteers share many important values with the Foresters Friendly Society including a commitment to looking after the interest and well being of its members."

Roger continued: "The Foresters Friendly Society is dedicated to lending support to the work of charities such as the MNDA which work tirelessly to support those who are experiencing hardship, illness or challenge."

Anyone wishing to donate funds should send cheques to the Motor Neurone Disease Association at PO Box 246, Northampton, NN1 2PR. Credit card donations can be made on 01604 250505. For further information please email