Overnight oxygen monitoring equipment and other respiratory measuring and monitoring equipment will be available for MND and other neurology patients at The James Cook University Hospital – thanks to the fundraising efforts of Mike Findley MBE.
Since then through ‘The Mike Findley MND Fund’ he has raised a staggering £112,119 with the support and generosity of his family, friends and other well-wishers through various events including annual football matches and sponsored walks and charity nights.
As a patient of the Middlesbrough hospital, Mike has already made several donations, this time kindly giving a further £8,000 for the new vital equipment.
Consultant neurologist and clinical director of Middlesbrough Motor Neurone Disease Care Centre, Dr Janine Evans, said: “I am extremely grateful to accept this most kind donation to the Middlesbrough MND Care Centre Trust Fund from Mike. This enables us to buy equipment which monitors and records oxygen levels in patients with MND overnight so any problems with respiratory function can be detected early.
“By doing this, patients can receive the correct advice and treatment as soon as possible in relation to their breathing functions.
“Mike’s personal commitment to raising money for MND causes and raising awareness of MND is an on-going inspiration for all. Thank you again for your great kindness and generosity.”
Mike added: “I am really pleased to be able to give this latest donation to the Middlesbrough MND Care Centre at The James Cook University Hospital.
“Over the last couple of years we have given donations that have helped towards an updated nurse call system, an EMG machine and now this donation will help towards buying overnight oxygen monitoring equipment and other respiratory measuring and monitoring equipment.
“Since my MND fund was launched in September 2005 we have raised £112,119.15 for which donations have gone to the MND Association (MNDA) to help with research. However we have always thought it right to use money to help local people suffering with MND and I have been pleased to be able to help the Middlesbrough MND Care Centre plus the Cleveland MNDA group and Teesside Hospice.
“We will continue to do what we can to raise much-needed money plus awareness of this terrible disease. Also making these donations is my way of saying ‘thank you’ for all the professional help and support I have been given since being diagnosed in June 2005 and of course my sincere ‘thanks’ to all my many supporters for the help, support and generosity.”