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Left to right: Jonathan Healy and Loretto Dempsey

Sometimes I think it is unfair that as well as dying young you have to waste away slowly.” Loretto Dempsey has Motor Neurone Disease (MND). Loretto is part of a National Awareness initiative, kindly supported by SuperValu. The campaign aims to draw people’s attention to the difficulties someone with MND faces every day.

Loretto is 50 years old and only last March she was diagnosed with MND. Loretto used to be a Superquinn baker. She would spend all day in the kitchen, lifting bags of flour and making treats to feed an army. Now she can’t move the fingers on her left hand and needs somebody to chop up her dinner and feed her.

Loretto shares her story about her terminal disease in the hope that greater awareness will generate increased support for those living with this degenerative condition. To join Loretto’s fight, organise a Drink Tea for MND event throughout the month of June.

SuperValu have very generously sponsored the awareness tea packs so to register your event and to get your free SuperValu Tea pack, please email fundraising@imnda.ie or Freefone 1800 403 403.

Michael Morgan, SuperValu Sales Director commented: “We at SuperValu believe that great things happen when food and people come together; it’s what we like to call Good Food Karma. So we are encouraging people to host a tea party with friends and family, as it is those moments that lift our spirits and bring people closer together – as well as raising funds for really worthy charity. SuperValu stores nationwide spend €2.8million annually supporting local community causes throughout Ireland, with over 4,300 local organisations supported each year and we are delighted that MND is one such charity.

To make a donation, Text MND to 50300 and donate €2. (100% of text goes to IMNDA across most network providers. Some providers apply VAT which means a minimum of €1.63 will go to IMNDA. See LIKECHARITY.ie)

Listen out for the Radio adverts that will be airing from the 8th – 21st June and also keep an eye out on Dublin Bus for our awareness posters which will be visible from 5th – 19th June.

The IMNDA provides specialised services for people affected by this debilitating disease such as equipment on loan, financial assistance towards home help, advice and home visits by MND Nurse. In order to provide these vital services the IMNDA depends heavily on the generosity of the public and supporters of the association who generate over 86% of its income.

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