Bedford bakers get your mixing bowls ready for Motor Neurone Disease awarness


Debbie Burrells is know to many people, as part of the well-known local family behind Kitcheners Marina and Garage. Late last year she was diagnosed with a deadly form of Motor Neurone Disease (MND). She is now asking local cake bakers to help her raise much need funds for the MND Association.

Debbie and her family and friends have organised a cake stall to be held on 3rd October at St Paul’s Church 10am – 4pm and would like to offer a stall to anyone who would like to make and sell cakes to help with their charity efforts. To find out more, please email Debbie and supporters on

Debbie now faces losing her capacity to communicate as the MDN worsens. She is already having to be fed through a tube as she cannot swallow. However, she hasn’t given up fighting and raising money through multiple charity events. She told us: “Although plagued with acute exhaustion and severe muscle weakness, which often confines me to a wheelchair, nothing was going to stop us from having an amazing time at our (recent) MND garden party. We collected a staggering £1,725.25 via a raffle, tombola and side stalls.

“So much was given by staff at Beales Department Store, Centre Parcs, Woburn Forest, The Bedford Swan and Lotus Spa, Hobbycraft and Jewellery by Jade – who made us a bracelet exclusively to highlight to our fightback fund called: daisychain. I am so truly humbled by kindness from retailers in Bedford, family and friends. This is just the start of the Daisy Chain fight back fund. My family and friends are keeping up the great work and now more than £2,500 has been raised. We even have a sponsored silence going on and my little nieces and nephews have made a shop and are selling sweets to their friends and donating the takings,”
Her brother Rob, known as the Castle Antiques and Pine man, and friends are also planning a sponsored run but if you would like to help donate today, please go to the dedicated fundraising page here.