Wandsworth physio to host charity event in honour of uncle diagnosed with ‘awful’ motor neurone disease

A Wandsworth physiotherapist whose uncle was diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) is hosting a charity fundraiser later this month in a bid to help combat the ‘devastating’ condition.

Daisy Cosker, along with fellow physiotherapist Jessica Grunsell, is running the quiz night and auction at Wimbledon Rugby Club on January 31 to help raise £1500 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The 25-year-old explained that the charity was a cause very dear to her heart.

“My Uncle Max was diagnosed last April – when I heard the diagnosis it was awful,” she revealed.

“Because I’m a physiotherapist at a hospital [St George’s] I know a lot about it.

“It’s a rapidly aggressive disease and things are going to get worse for him eventually.

“Things have already got worse. He’s on a ventilator at night – it’s hard for him and all the family.”

Daisy Cosker Uncle Max MND fundraiser
HAPPIER TIMES: Daisy with her Uncle Max

MND is a rapidly progressive and fatal disease which can affect any adult at any time and attacks the motor neurones that send messages from the brain to the muscles, leaving people unable to walk, talk or feed themselves.

Bidders at the auction will have the chance to win Eurostar tickets to Paris, Brussels or Lille, spend a day with the Battle of Britain flying team and indulge in afternoon tea in central London.

Daisy explained that she hopes that one day there will be a cure for the disease but this will only be possible through fundraising and vital research.

She said: “By hosting this event we hope to raise lots of money so that hopefully other people’s families won’t have to go through what we have.”

Daisy’s family have been hugely supportive and will be travelling from Lincoln, Oxford and Surrey to support her.

Not content with just hosting the quiz and auction Daisy will also be running the Hampton Court Half Marathon with a group of friends in February.

Donna Young, Regional Fundraiser at the MND Association, said: “Without the amazing support of people like Daisy Cosker, the MND Association simply would not be able to provide the vital support services and fund research to find a cure.

“Together we are making a real difference for people affected by this devastating disease.”

The quiz night and auction will take place on January 31 at Wimbledon Rugby Club. Doors open at 7pm with the quiz starting at 8pm.

Teams must include 6-8 people, tickets are £15 per person.

To buy tickets email Daisy on [email protected]

To donate to the half marathon JustGiving page click here.

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