We’re delighted to award our 2020 John MacLeod Award to Jennifer Bell, a young mum of two who was diagnosed with MND in March 2019, and our Carole Ferguson Award to Janice Hatrick, MND Clinical Nurse Specialist for NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
The John MacLeod award honours someone who has made an exceptional contribution to the MND community, and since her diagnosis Jennifer Bell (29) has spent her time not only creating precious memories with her family, but raising awareness of MND and funds for MND Scotland.
Jennifer has bravely shared her MND journey in the national press, reaching people across the country with her story, including a poignant open letter urging people not to take life for granted. She created her own Instagram account and Facebook blog dedicated to her sharing her experience of living with MND, opening up about her decision to move to hospice. In her words she wanted to give people ‘an insight into my life as a single mum, living with a terminal illness called motor neurone disease. The good, the bad, the ugly.’
Through her own fundraising, and the generous donations of the many people touched by her story, an incredible £80,000 has been raised for MND Scotland. She has inspired so many people, even receiving messages from First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, pop sensation Lewis Capaldi and Her Royal Highness, the Princess Royal, because of her outstanding contributions.
The Carole Ferguson Award recognises Health and Social Care professionals who demonstrate exceptional care and support for someone with MND, and who go above and beyond what is expected of them as a part of their job. Janice Hattrick (pictured at 2018 fundraising event), MND Clinical Nurse Specialist was nominated by a number of people she cares for with MND, as well people she works with to support those affected by MND.
One person said, “Janice is a very compassionate, caring, kind, thoughtful and lovely person. Nothing is too much for her. She goes out of her way to help and support not only my husband who has MND, but me too. She is like a ray of sunshine and deserves to be honoured for going above and beyond the call of duty on many occasions.”
Another said, “Her practical support was outstanding but above all her warm and compassionate words were invaluable to me. Without Janice’s support I would not have had the strength to get through each day. It is not just a job to her, she cares. Even through this difficult time of lockdown Janice’s support was always there. She is very much my hero and a star.”
Craig Stockton, MND Scotland’s Chief Executive, said “I’d like to thank everyone who submitted nominations for our annual awards. There are so many worthy winners and every single person in our community is doing something incredible for this cause.
“We are honoured to be able to recognise Jennifer and Janice’s contributions and on behalf of everyone at MND Scotland we cannot thank you enough for everything you do, and have done.”
Craig Stockton - MND Scotland