Close friends of a Laneshaw Bridge man living with a debilitating disease are joining forces to raise money and awareness in his name.
The dedicated 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. Their “mixed ability” team will be joined by a group from The Alma Inn, and they aim to raise £2,000 or more for the MND Association.
Dave, director of Pendle Nu Tech and founder of Pendle Blues FC and Pendle Blues Athletic, is husband to Tina, and dad to Jordan (23) and Seb (26). The 62-year-old is originally from Oldham.
Ben Metcalfe (25), web content and marketing manager at XLCR, said: “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.”
Over the years, Dave has given an overwhelming amount of support and time to XLCR, the Alma and the local community - inspiring his friends to give something back. Ben added: “Whenever we see Dave in the street, even if he is in a rush he will stop and talk to you for half an hour. He is brillant, and one of a kind. He gives a lot of his time to others.”
Money raised by the two teams will be used to fund and promote research that leads to new understanding of MND. Denise Davies, head of community fund-raising at the MND Association, said: “We are truly grateful to all of our fantastic fund-raisers.
“Without their support we simply would not be able to fund our vital support services and research to find a cure. Together we are making a real difference for people affected by this devastating disease.”
To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/teamxlcr