Big donation for East Surrey Motor Neurone Disease Association


David and Helen Setters of the East Surrey branch of the Motor Neuron Disease Association (center), receiving a check for £ 1,000 from TV presenter Angela Rippon and Simon Ferrar, founder of Clandon Wood Nature Reserve & Natural Burial Ground)

Submitted for publication in the Surrey Advertiser

A donation of £ 1000 was given to the East Surrey branch of the Motor Neuron Disease Association by the founder of the Clandon Wood Nature Reserve and Natural Cemetery.

Simon Ferrar’s donation followed the fact that Clandon Wood won the award for Best Natural Cemetery for the third year in a row at this year’s Cemetery of the Year Awards, which also came with a donation of 1 £ 000 to a winner’s charity. choice.

The check was presented by TV presenter Angela Rippon to affiliate member David Setters, who has lived with MND for almost ten years, and his wife, Helen.

Branch President Simon Edmands said he was very grateful to Mr. Ferrar for his very kind donation, he said: “Our branch is completely dependent on volunteer support to fund and run its services, so this money is our will go a long way in continuing to provide lifesaving care and support to local populations with motor neuron disease. ”

Motor neuron disease (MND) is a rapidly progressive, terminal illness that kills, on average, six people every day in the UK. This can prevent people from walking, talking, or even feeding themselves, while their minds and senses invariably remain unaffected.

The average life expectancy after diagnosis is only fourteen months, and to date there is no cure or effective treatment. The East Surrey branch of the Motor Neuron Disease Association (MNDA) provides care and support to around 60 people with MND in the East Surrey area, while helping to fund vital research into the disease itself.

To learn more about motor neuron disease and the work of the MND association, as well as how you can support your local branch, please visit or contact Simon Edmands on 07753 821964 or [email protected] You can also follow the MND Association and the East Surrey branch on Twitter at @mndassoc and @mndaeastsurrey and Facebook at the MND Association and the MND Association East Surrey branch.

Clandon Wood is an award-winning forest and grassland burial nature reserve in the Surrey Hills – a quiet and sustainable alternative to conventional cemeteries. Designed as a cemetery but designed as a nature reserve, Clandon Wood is very focused on life and renewal through nature.

For more information on Clandon Wood, please visit

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