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More information about Motor Neurone Disease

Ruth Adorian has Motor Neurone Disease Credit: ITV Border

Ruth Adorian from Windemere has Motor Neurone Disease.

Along with her husband Paul, Ruth has set up the Association for the Independence of Disabled People charity to support people living with the rare condition.

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Motor neurone disease is when specialist nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord fail to function correctly.

Motor neurones control important muscle activity, such as:

  • gripping
  • walking
  • speaking
  • swallowing
  • breathing

People with the rare condition will find some or all of these activities increasingly difficult.

More information about the disease can be found on the NHS Choices website.

Further advice and support can be found at the following webpages:


Campaign to raise almost £450,000 for a drug trial

Ruth Adorian has Motor Neurone Disease Credit: ITV Border

A woman from Windermere who has Motor Neurone Disease hopes to raise almost half a million pounds for a clinical drug's trial.

Ruth Adorian and her husband, hope the drug Liraglutide will help those with the muscle wasting condition and are supporting research at Lancaster University.

The drug is currently used to treat diabetes but it is thought that it could also help ease the symptoms of Motor Neurone Disease.

Ruth and her husband Paul have already raised £100,00 but they're hoping to raise £450,000 in total in order for the drug's trial to go ahead.

Despite her condition, Ruth is a director of a number of companies and along with her husband Paul she set up a charity - the Association for the Independence of the Disabled.

The organisation was launched to provide a focus for the needs of the ever-increasing number of disabled people who still, all too often, have difficulties in accessing even the most basic facilities in the course of their lives, particularly where severe disability is concerned.

Fundraiser in memory of Cumberland Infirmary patient

Staff nurse Fiona Smith, Heart Centre sister Caroline Shaw, Kathleen Moses, Rachel Eastham and Hayley Field. Credit: North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust

Staff at the Cumberland Infirmary have raised more than £1,000 in memory of one of their regular patients.

Malcolm Moses, from Carlisle, was a regular patient for more than 20 years.

He raised thousands of pounds for the hospital, by organising a series of fundraising events, and was well known to staff.

Following his death, in November 2014, the staff decided to put on an event to remember him:

Malcolm was such a character, we all knew him and cared about him. He organised several charity events to raise money for the hospital, so on the day of his funeral, we all agreed that we wanted to do something in his memory.”

– Rachel Eastham, sister on the Coronary Care Unit

At a disco, raffle and human bingo event held in Harraby, the team raised £1,111.

Malcolm's family have agreed that the money will go towards refurbishing the staff room at the Coronary Care Unit.

I would like to thank everyone at the hospital for the care Malcolm received over the years, and the kindness everyone showed him. We were so touched that the cardiology staff arranged this event in his memory.”

– Kathleen Moses, Malcolm's sister


Postnatal depression: advice and support

Many women, and their families, experience mental health issues during and after pregnancy.

Support is available, locally, to help and guide new mothers and their families through the stress of pregnancy.

Postnatal depression: the facts

Postnatal depression is more common than many people realise, affecting around one in 10 women after they have given birth.

The NHS says postnatal depresson tends to develop within the first six weeks of giving birth, often becoming more apparent after around six months.

Teenage mothers are at higher risk of developing postnatal depression.

The condition can go unnoticed, with many women unaware of having it.

Symptoms can include low mood, feeling unable to cope and difficulty sleeping.

More information can be found on the NHS website.

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