Charity supporters provide fun day out at Gulliver's Valley for MNDA families

GENEROUS donations by charity supporters allowed 113 people from 17 families to enjoy a day out at Gulliver’s Valley.

The Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) and avid fundraiser Brian Jackson (80) organised a second annual trip to the theme park.

The event also acted as a fundraiser, raising over £200 for the charity through donations from other guests.

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Gulliver’s Valley provided the theme park tickets for an MNDA raffle – and one member said: “They were was so helpful and welcoming to us, and the facilities are perfect for families with wheelchair users.

“It was wonderful to see the adults and children having so much fun.”

Brian has been fundraising for the charity since the passing of his wife Chris in 2012, from MND.

In 2015, he wore shorts for the entire year – earning himself the nickname “Bare legs Brian”. He followed this up by wearing a kilt every day during 2017 and by cycling 2,019 miles in 2019, even though he had not even been on a bicycle for more than half a century.

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He will be back in the saddle later this year to face his biggest challenge yet – cycling all the way from London to Paris – a 309-mile journey – in just four days.

He wanted to raise money for the charity after all the help they gave him and his late wife during her 16-month battle.

“After Chris passed away, I decided to give something back to the MND Association after their wonderful support to us.

“Funds raised are used to improve the quality of life for those living with and affected by MND, and also for vital research into finding a cure.”

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Andy Flowers, resort manager at Gulliver’s Valley, said: “It was a real pleasure to again welcome Brian, the South Yorkshire Branch of the MNDA and so many families for a wonderful day of fun.”

All money raised from Brian’s cycle from London to Paris will go to be people affected by the disease in South Yorkshire.

For more information and to support Brian’s London to Paris cycle challenge, visit: