North East Fife’s MSP Roderick Campbell has volunteered to help raise money for the charity MND Scotland.
At a comedy event in Edinburgh, held during the Fringe Festival, Mr Campbell helped to collect donations from the audience.
Mr Campbell said: “I was delighted to be able to raise money for such a good cause. This money will be well used by MND Scotland to pay for desperately needed services – such as funding specialist MND nurses and providing the best care possible for those suffering from the disease.
“The Scottish Government is committed to providing future funding for MND research and care. However, at present, MND charities pay for the bulk of this treatment, and fully fund a care team for the whole of Scotland.
“That’s why events like these are so important – both to show support for people with MND and our commitment to researching treatment for the disease.”
MND is a rare, progressive disease which causes damage to nerve endings (motor neurones), leading to muscle wasting and weakness. This eventually leads to difficulty moving, talking and eating. Around 400 people in Scotland are currently suffering from the disease. At present there is no cure for MND.
MND Scotland’s aim is to improve public awareness of MND, improve the care of MND patients and to help fund research on the disease.