This autumn they have selected the Motor Neurone Disease Association as their chosen charity. These well-known local events now attract hundreds of people from Cambridge and Ely to Kings Lynn and from all over West Norfolk. The Motor Neurone Disease Association typically provides support to 15 or 20 people with MND in this area at any one time.
It is a fatal, rapidly progressive disease affecting the brain and spinal cord and attacks the nerves that control movement. People can still think and feel, but their muscles refuse to work. It leaves people effectively locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe. About one third of people diagnosed with MND die within a year and more than half within two years of diagnosis. There is no cure.
Funds raised at Hilgay will help the Association to offer Care or Quality of Life Grants to local people with MND for a range of things such as help with heating costs in winter as they become unable to move to keep warm; funding complementary therapies to provide relaxation and relief from the symptoms of MND; help towards adapted transport for appointments or visits to family; short holidays and breaks or small pieces of equipment which can make a real difference to someone living with the disease.
The Giant Book Sale opens at Hilgay Village Hall from 10.00 am to 4.00 pm on Sunday, 15th October, with Yard Sales in the village running at the same time. Tea, coffee & refreshments also available at the Village Hall.