After two years, the United To End MND campaign has successfully secured a Government investment of 50 million pounds into targeted MND research.
The Government yesterday made the announcement, with Prime Minister Boris Johnson congratulating the charities on a ‘fantastic campaign’.
In September, the call for a £50million investment in targeted MND research was taken directly to Number 10 Downing Street by former professional footballer and founder of the Darby Rimmer Foundation, Stephen Darby and former Leeds Rhinos professional rugby league player, Rob Burrows.
The pair, alongside leading figures in the campaigning coalition delivered a letter signed by hundreds of people with MND to the Prime Minister's door. £50 million from the Government over five years will fund a virtual institute for MND Research, providing the infrastructure needed for accelerating treatments for MND.
PFA Director of CSR, John Hudson, said: “The PFA are absolutely delighted to hear that Government are supporting the United to End MND campaign to provide significant funding for Research.
“Stephen Darby and his close friend Chris Rimmer, along with many other sporting names have tirelessly led the campaign to effect this change. Research and awareness are key and everyone is behind this next push to ultimately find a cure."