Our founder, Neil (now known as 'Neil the Younger'), is off on a long walk starting this weekend to raise funds to help sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) and to aid research into this disease.

He is doing it with a group of friends. Decades ago they all worked together. Now cards, sport, fun, food and drink provide the catalyst for gatherings and mayhem.

Neil Watkins (known as 'Neil the Elder') is one of the group and 2021 is the 25th anniversary of the passing of his brother, Andrew, from Motor Neurone Disease.  Andrew was just 36.

'Neil the Elder' wanted to do something to mark his brother's passing and decided he would walk the 102 miles of the Cotswold Way in under a week and raise money for the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.   This charity helps fund research into the causes of MND, to investigate potential cures, and to make grants to sufferers of MND and enable them to live as fulfilled a life as possible.

He invited the rest of the group to join him and share the craic and pain of 102 miles of walking.

Naturally 'Neil the Younger' and his friends accepted the challenge.

If you want to support the fund raising, here is the Just Giving Link - but equally important is to send the group some motivational messages as the weather is not looking so good and the heavy rain on Saturday may try to dampen the clothes if not the spirits!