Fitness challenge to help raise funds

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A BIG fundraising event is being held to help a former footballer as he battles motor neurone disease.

Fitness enthusiast and personal trainer Laura Watson has set about arranging the event after family friend Scott Bell was diagnosed with the progressive neurodegenerative disease earlier this year.

Scott, a former semi-professional footballer with West Allotment Celtic, Blyth Spartans and Bedlington Terriers, began to feel prolonged tightness in his calf two years ago, before his symptoms worsened and he had to retire – with doctors diagnosing MND in May.

Since then, Scott – who still works full time and lives in Cramlington with his wife Louise – has set up the Scott Bell Fund to bring more attention to the condition and raise money for ongoing research and his future needs.

And Laura is keen to play her part with her fitness event on Sunday, September 25, at the Village Hotel, in Cobalt Business Park near West Allotment.

Laura said: “My partner has known Scott for a long time and we, like so many others, had heard of MND but didn’t really understand what it was.”

She added: “It must be terrifying to know what lies ahead.

“Scott is an inspiration to everyone for carrying on with his life and encouraging others to take note of the condition while raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

“I’m happy to be able to arrange an event that will help raise awareness of MND and involve the local community in what will be a fantastic fitness event.”

The fitness event will see several instructors host various fitness classes including body pump, body combat and finishing with a two hour zumba party, as well as massages and refreshments.

There will also be a chance to win prizes.

To book a place or for more information, contact (0191) 270 6410.

MND leads to a weakness and wasting of muscles, causing increasing loss of mobility in the limbs. There is currently no cure but there are forms of therapy to help improve posture while preventing immobility, slow muscle weakness and muscle wasting.