The Mercury team has taken the Ice Bucket Challenge in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The team was nominated to take part in the viral fundraising campaign by Ellen Chisholm, who is part of a team raising money on behalf of Ned Cullen. Ned, of Queen’s Walk, Stamford, is a former Harrier pilot and was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in 2003.
Ned, his wife Heather and several carers visited the Mercury office today (Monday) to watch editor Mark Edwards, head of content Kerry Coupe, senior reporter Alex Moore and media sales consultant Janet Akar get soaked in buckets of ice water. Following the challenge, everyone who took part donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, or MNDA, by texting ICED55 £5 to 70070.
Kerry, who interviewed Ned and his family in 2010, and has written several stories on Ellen’s fundraising efforts, said: “I’ve known Ned for a while and although I didn’t fancy getting ice cold water poured on my head, I wanted to raise money and awareness for the MNDA. He is such an inspiration and the charity does great work to help people with this terrible condition.”
The Ice Bucket Challenge originated in the US as a way to raise awareness of the condition, which is also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS. So far the challenge has raised more than £3m for the MNDA. The children of high-profile sufferer Stephen Hawking are among the latest to take part. Ned, Heather and Ellen have also done the challenge.
Those who do the challenge must nominate three more people to take part. The Mercury team nominated Mayor of Stamford Clem Walden, Stamford and Bourne MP Nick Boles and the Stamford neighbourhood policing team.
We know plenty of our readers have also been taking the challenge and we’d love to see your efforts. Send your pictures and videos to firstname.lastname@example.org.