University team takes ice bucket challenge

More than 40 Sheffield University researchers took the ice bucket challenge – joining the global craze to raise awareness and funds for motor neurone disease.

The team from the Sheffield Institute of Translational Neuroscience endured buckets of ice cold water being dumped over their heads after receiving challenges from Western University in Ontario, Canada, and The University of Leuven in Belgium.

The campaign, which has already been supported by celebrities including David and Victoria Beckham, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga, former US president George W Bush, and Sheffield’s own Michael Vaughan, was kicked off by the family of American baseball player Pete Frates who was diagnosed with MND.

MND expert Prof Dame Pam Shaw, institute director, said: “We braced ourselves for the cold plunge of the ice water challenge to raise awareness of the plight of people afflicted by MND and to encourage people in the UK to support research into this condition through philanthropy.

“We were challenged from Canada and Belgium – and the SITraN team now in turn challenge our friends and colleagues at King’s College London, Trinity College Dublin and The University of Sydney.”