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Myasthenia Gravis fundraiser Ron Middlemass wins John Newsome-Davis Trophy
8:57am Tuesday 8th October 2013 in News
A FUNDRAISER from York is celebrating after the charity group he works with won a regional prize for the second time in three years.
The Myasthenia Gravis group in York was named the top branch out of 57 nationally earlier this year and was presented with the John Newsome-Davis Trophy last month.
Ron Middlemass volunteers with the group, which helps raise money to buy equipment for local hospitals. He said he was delighted to receive the award on behalf of the group, and would try to get it to every member who had not yet seen it.
Mr Middlemass, 79, a former winner of The Press Community Pride Awards, said: “We have won it two times out of three and a lot of that is down to The Press, and the help they have given us making people aware of the fundraising we’re doing. I’d also like to thank my wife, who has given me 100 per cent support.
“I think we must be doing something right but it’s an accumulation of a lot of things, not just the money and publicity.
“It’s about helping people with this illness. I want to thank everyone who is a member of the York branch, and everyone who has helped however they can.”
The York branch has raised more than £40,000 in the last five years, and will host events at Monks Cross Sainsburys on October 12, Asda on October 15, and York Hospital on October 31, between 9am and 4pm, to raise money for the charity and make the public aware of the condition.
Myasthenia Gravis is a debilitating, and potentially life-threatening neuromuscular disease which causes muscle fatigue and weakness.
For more information, go to mga-charity.org
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