Southmead Hospital's Motor Neurone Disease team take the Ice Bucket Challenge

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Staff from Bristol’s dedicated Motor Neurone Disease Centre received an ice cold soaking all in the name of charity.

Staff and volunteers from the centre at Southmead Hospital Bristol took part in the ice bucket challenge craze that has been sweeping the globe.

Celebrities and members of the public have been getting in on the act since it was launched raising awareness and hundreds of thousands of pounds towards Motor Neurone Disease charities.

The Motor Bristol Neurone Disease Centre was originally launched in 2012 at Frenchay. The service, which was set up as part of a partnership between North Bristol NHS Trust and the Motor Neurone Disease Association, transferred to the Brunel building at Southmead in May.

It brings together a range of experts, from doctors to speech and language therapists, under one roof to improve the quality of life for people with MND in Bristol, Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Somerset. The centre sees about 100 patients at any time.

Staff and volunteers from the Bristol Motor Neurone Disease Centre at Southmead Hospital took part in the Ice Bucket Challenge










It includes a care co-ordinator funded by the Motor Neurone Disease Association - Helen Madden - who acts as a first port of call for patients putting them in touch with a range of therapists and experts who can support their needs.

Having the dedicated service in place has meant that hospital admissions have been reduced by 80 per cent over the last five years.

The Southmead Hospital team was nominated for the ice bucket challenge by Hilary Fairfield from the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Director of the Bristol Motor Neurone Disease Centre, Andria Merrison, said: “We were really enthusiastic about doing this because the team is so committed to the patient group and that really inspired people to think about what they are doing it for.”

12 people from the centre took part in the challenge with colleagues throwing buckets of ice cold water over them last month.

To support the team’s Ice Bucket Challenge Text ICED55 £5 (or other amount) to 70070, visit the Just Giving page, or call 01604 611860 stating Ice Bucket Challenge.