MND Christmas Appeal


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A few months ago, I became a dad to a beautiful little boy. His name is Kyle and he’s the centre of my life. That’s why it hurts so much to be apart from him right now.

You see, last year I was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and, like a lot of people in my situation, I’ve been struggling to find a safe place for my family and I to live together.

Right now, the three of us are spread across two, tiny one-bedroom flats. My fiancée Rebecca’s flat is damp and has broken windows. I have to travel to my uncle’s house to have a shower safely. It would be easy to give up, but I still have hope.

I’ve come through a lot of difficult challenges in my life. I’ve overcome childhood abuse, beaten a crippling alcohol addiction, and learned to live with post-traumatic stress disorder. I’ve worked so hard to turn my life around, getting sober and learning to be kind to myself. I’ve even found Rebecca and became a dad – I can’t believe my luck.

For a brief moment, things were perfect; my struggles seemed to be behind me. But when things started to go wrong with my body, I knew that my biggest challenge would still be ahead of me.

When I was diagnosed with MND I was living in Inverness, far away from Rebecca and my closest family in Fort William. I was given a devastating diagnosis and I knew my time was running out. To be honest with you, I probably would have relapsed in my addiction if it wasn’t for Carla and the hope she gave me.

Carla works for MND Scotland and her job is to get behind people like me and fight for the change we need. Thanks to Carla I’ve already moved into a temporary social flat back in Fort William. I’m now closer to my support network and me, Rebecca and little Kyle are on the waiting list for an accessible home for us to live in together.

We’ve been told that there’s even a chance it could be ready for us to move in this December – which would be our own Christmas miracle.

Why am I telling you all this?

Everyone with MND deserves to have someone like Carla on their side. By making a donation you can make sure they do.

I don’t know what I would’ve done without MND Scotland’s help. I am the living proof that your donations make a huge difference.

I hope this isn’t my last Christmas but, if it is, I can’t tell you how much it means to me that there’s a chance that I’ll be together with my family to make memories on Christmas Day.

Thank you for giving me and my family hope this Christmas.

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Carla Belkevitz MND Scotland
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You make it possible

Every day at MND Scotland we wake up determined to change lives – but we couldn’t do it without your support.

Far too many people like Barry are facing a bleak winter. Now – more than ever – people with MND need a champion fighting their corner. Whether it’s helping to find a safe home to live in together, ensuring ramps and wet rooms are installed on time, or helping families cope with rising energy costs, we’re here to help.

Your donations really do make it all possible. Anything you can give this Christmas will go a long way to help people with MND stay warm and safe this winter. Thank you.

– Carla Belkevitz
MND Scotland

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