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Stamford dads get dirty for charity

A group of Stamford dads are taking part in a dirty weekend to raise money for charity.

Neal Ince, Jonny Ibbott, Pete Weston, Paul Gosling, Scott Chisholm and Danny Glasswell will be taking on the world’s largest assault course at Burghley Park tomorrow (Saturday, May 12) when they compete in the Rat Race Dirty Weekend event.

Neal, 48, said the group, known as the Stamford Dad’s Rat Race Team, were participating to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA).

The Rat Race Dirty Weekend event sees competitors take on a series of obstacles over a 13 or 20 mile course.

“Professor Stephen Hawking was the world’s best-known sufferer of motor neurone disease (MND) and patron of the UK’s MNDA,” said Neal.

“Although his brilliance as a physicist was never eclipsed by his disabilities, Professor Hawking was nonetheless an inspiration for disabled people and a talisman for people suffering with MND.”

Neal said that with his death, there was a risk that the profile and funds raised for MNDA would diminish.

“That is a terrible prospect for a disease that is already much overlooked,” he said.

“To help keep this disease in the public eye and to raise funds for people in Stamford and Oakham suffering from MND, the Stamford Dad’s Rat Race team will be competing in the colours of the MNDA and raising funds as they go.”

He said there were a number of people in Stamford and Oakham living with MND.

There are currently no effective treatments for MND, but increased research funding and a higher profile of the disease have created new hope that a cure may soon be found.

“This is proof that taking part and raising funds makes a difference,” said Neal.

To donate visit: www.justgiving.com/companyteams/RatRaceBurghley

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