Challenge brings in buckets for South Yorkshire charity

The South Yorkshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association has thanked everyone from the local area who took on the ice bucket challenge

The South Yorkshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association has thanked everyone from the local area who took on the ice bucket challenge

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Shivering Sheffielders who took on the infamous ice bucket challenge have been praised for their gallant efforts to help raise bumper funds for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The South Yorkshire branch of the association has thanked everyone from the local area who stepped up to chilly challenge, which led to bucket loads of donations to the charity and improved awareness of the disease.

The freezing fundraiser dared nominated participants to be filmed having a bucket of ice cold water poured over their heads - before giving a charitable donation to the cause and calling on others to do the same.

Hundreds of Sheffielders, including city sporting celebrities Jessica Ennis-Hill and swimmer Braxston Timm, braved the challenge which has helped to raise more than £6 million in the UK alone.

Prior to the ice bucket challenge going viral on social media, the South Yorkshire branch of the MND Association had worked tirelessly to raise awareness of the fatal disease, which can affect any adult at any time.

Mel White, chair of the MND Association South Yorkshire branch, said: “The money donated specifically to the South Yorkshire branch will go towards helping people in the local area with MND. Thank you so much.

“Among other things, we help to provide people with MND with essential items such as communication aids, stairlifts, ramps, and other equipment that can become necessary as the disease progresses.

“We also work closely with the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience which boasts some of the leading MND researchers in the country.”

Upcoming South Yorkshire MND Association fundraisers include a quiz night at Tapton Hall in Fulwood, and a race night at the Niagara Sports and Social Club in Hillsborough, both of which will take place on Friday, October 17.

For further information on the charity, visit www.mndsouthyorkshire.org