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Len Johnrose: Charity event for former footballer with Motor Neurone Disease

Len Johnrose also played for Burnley and Blackburn.

A fundraising evening is taking place in Bury later for former player Len Johnrose.

The 48 year old has received lots of support, since announcing he has motor neurone disease.

Len Johnrose has Motor Neurone Disease Credit: itv granada

Len, who also played for Burnley and Blackburn, is expected to be reunited with dozens of former colleagues.

The club is staging a special tonight where he'll meet his teammates from Bury's famous 1990s team which won back-to-back promotions.

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Calls to improve care for motor neurone disease patients

John Boulton Credit: ITV

There are calls for more to be done to improve the lives of people with motor neurone disease. The devastating muscle wasting condition will kill a third of those who have it within a year.

Granada spoke to John Boulton from Sale who told us equipment can take too long to reach those who desperately need it. The 77 year old can no longer use his voice but told us his story through a computer.

To combat the problem the MND association have devised a charter they want councils to sign up to as a commitment to better care for those with the condition. They say it's very much a collaborative process with local authorities and understand financial pressures on health and social care budgets.

But so far in the North West only around 20% of councils have signed up. Chris James the director of external affairs at the the MND association told Granada the difficulty with the illness is that it's rare and "doesn't get the attention some other conditions have locally."

Read more about the charter and how you can get involved here.