THE charity York and District against Motor Neurone Disease (YAMND) is to close after 25 years of providing advice and support to local people.

The charity was initially set up by a small group of volunteers who felt there was a need for a dedicated charity working in and around York to provide help and support for those affected by this devastating disease.

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has said it will take over the support service. This includes the specialist nurse employed by the charity, former York Press Community Pride winner Doreen Foster, who will continue to provide emotional and practical support for current and newly diagnosed patients in the York area from York Hospital.

The post has been funded by NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).

Hazel Allinson, current chairperson of YAMND, said: “This really is good news for the people of York and I am grateful that the CCG and York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have felt the service, set up by the charity, is a model of care they feel able to commit to.

"Doreen Foster will bring a wealth of experience to her new appointment with the Trust. All those involved with YAMND are proud of its achievements and it is comforting to know that although the charity will close the much needed support for those suffering from this terrible condition will continue.”