ScotRail Alliance donates £33,000 to MND Scotland

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

The ScotRail Alliance has donated more than £33,000 to MND Scotland in a bid to find a cure for the terminal illness.

The news comes after ScotRail Alliance staff took part in a zip slide across the River Clyde on Saturday (26 August) to raise funds for the charity.

ScotRail Alliance staff have raised more than £14,500 through fundraisers – including dress down days and staff donations through payroll – and the business has donated almost £19,000 through ‘in kind’ support. ‘In kind’ support includes providing advertising space at train stations free of charge.

In March, the ScotRail Alliance announced a three-year partnership with MND Scotland. The goal is to raise £150,000 over the course of the three years.

Client and Communications Director Rob Shorthouse, who took part in the zip slide event, said:

“MND Scotland is a charity that is really close to my heart, particularly since we lost my friend Gordon Aikman to the illness earlier this year.

“We are very proud at the ScotRail Alliance to have a three-year partnership with MND Scotland, and we’ve made a great start. I can’t pretend that I particularly enjoyed the zip slide across the Clyde, but it was all for a good cause.

“We have managed to raise a lot of money to find a cure for motor neurone disease and to raise awareness of this illness.”

Morag McGown, Corporate Partnerships Manager at MND Scotland, said:

“The zip slide was a great day and we were thrilled to see so many ScotRail Alliance staff getting involved.

“This is the first big event of the three-year partnership and we cannot believe the team managed to raise so much. These funds will go towards helping us support people across Scotland who are affected by motor neurone disease and fund more research to find a cure for this devastating illness.

“Next up is our Firewalk on 13th October, at Hampden Park, where more staff will brave the flames and walk across 20 feet of fire burning hot enough to melt aluminium.”

Motor neurone disease

Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles. This may cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or breathe unaided. There is currently no cure or effective treatment for MND and the average life expectancy from diagnosis is just 14 months. There are over 450 people in Scotland currently living with MND and on average over 160 new cases of MND are diagnosed each year.

MND Scotland

MND Scotland is the only charity in Scotland providing care and information for people affected by MND as well as funding for research.

ScotRail Alliance/MND partnership

  • MND Scotland is the ScotRail Alliance charity partner until 2020
  • The charity was chosen by ScotRail Alliance employees after an extensive selection process, including open nominations and a poll of the entire business
  • Employees across the country will take part in events ranging from bucket shakes in stations to bake sales to raise money for the charity partner
  • The charity will be awarded four sessions per year in the operator’s state-of-the-art driver training simulator to use for fundraising purposes
  • All ScotRail Alliance employees can donate to charity through their salary, as part of the payroll giving scheme

The funds raised by the ScotRail Alliance will help MND Scotland to:

  • Fund more research in Scotland to find a cure for Motor Neurone Disease
  • Fund the practical, emotional, and financial support MND Scotland gives people affected by Motor Neurone Disease throughout Scotland
  • Raise awareness together, which will provide a valuable future legacy that extends beyond the timescales of the partnership