Staff and customers from a Laneshaw Bridge inn are pulling together to raise the profile of a debilitating disease.
Earlier this year, we reported that colleagues from XLCR Vehicle Management, in Albert Road, will be running the Bupa Great Manchester Run in May - after learning their “one of a kind” pal Dave Hadfield was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease last year.
Now, a 28-strong team from the Alma Inn, in Emmott Lane, has also been confirmed, to help boost awareness and funds for the the MND Association.
Father-of-two Mr Hadfield, director of Pendle Nu Tech and founder of Pendle Blues FC and Pendle Blues Athletic, has given an overwhelming amount of support and time to XLCR and the Alma over the years, and now both businesses feel it is time to give something back. Mr Hadfield’s sons Sebastian and Jordan, who is The Alma Inn’s head chef, will also be taking part in the race.
General manager at the Alma Ryan Taylor said: “The circumstances are not fantastic, but it has brought us all together.
“Dave’s condition is not really heard about, especially the detereoration side of it. It is important for us to raise awareness.
“I have known Dave for 10 to 12 years, and he has always been fantastic. I don’t think anyone has ever had a bad word to say about him.”
Ben Metcalfe (25), web content and marketing manager at XLCR, added: “We want to highlight the effect MND has, not just on Dave, but his whole family as well. It is also not something that you hear much about.
“Dave struggles doing everything now - drinking, eating, breathing, working, and he can’t drive anymore. His family are pleased that we can help and raise awareness as well.”
On Team Alma’s Just Giving page it states that Motor Neurone Disease is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord.
It adds that although there is currently no cure for MND, symptoms can be managed to help you achieve the best possible quality of life.
To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/thealmainnmanc10k and www.justgiving.com/teamxlcr