Tony helps educate pupils about complex disease

Tony Plant giving the talk at Grindleton Primary School.
Tony Plant giving the talk at Grindleton Primary School.
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Staff and pupils at Grindleton CE Primary School welcomed a guest speaker who suffers from motor neurone disease.

Tony Plant, of Bolton-by-Bowland, gave the talk to pupils after the school decided to take part in Tony's fundraising project for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

The school held a silent lunch to help them consider what it would be like for those who are suffering with the disease.

A total of £91 was raised which will be donated to the charity.

Motor neurone disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that attacks the upper and lower motor neurones.

Neurones are specialised cells which transmit electrical nerve impulses and so carry information from one part of the body to another.

Degeneration of the motor neurones leads to weakness and wasting of muscles, causing various combinations of increasing loss of mobility in the limbs, and difficulties with speech, swallowing and breathing.

Not everyone living with MND experiences all these symptoms - for example, it is possible to have speech that is clear and can be understood throughout the illness.