Debbie Burrells needs help to walk, has a feeding tube and is now losing her voice, as Motor Neurone Disease (MND) slowly weakens and destroys every muscle in her body, but she says with a smile that it won’t destroy her spirit.
This remarkable woman, known by many as one of the chattiest people in Bedford, is now on a mission to raise awareness of MND and funds for the charity MND Association, who support victims of the degenerative and terminal illness and their families.
She’s doing this by organising various charitable events around Bedford. Her most recent event, a charity bake sale at St Paul’s Church, Bedford, raised over £1000.
But she’s not yet ready to relax and is already planning her next event, a ‘Cruise’ night at the The Bedford Swan Hotel on 12 January 2019: “I need people’s help to shout out about raising awareness of MND as my voice is gradually getting weaker and will eventually totally go.” says Debbie “Let’s find of a cure for this awful terminal illness.
“Not only are we helping to raise awareness of MND but on a personal note the events keep me focused. I cannot give up and will not let this defeat me from raising awareness of MND, hence I am already working on this next big event, God willing.”
Debbie’s cruise themed event is sponsored by Eagle Travel and will feature a steel band, Bedford Sea Cadets & Royal Marines Cadets, a casino table, top tombola, raffle and a typical cruise ship-style delicious spread.
Tickets can be purchased by emailing Debbie on Deborah21@virginmedia.com or by going into Eagle Travel on Goldington Road.