Burrator 'bimble' raises £440 for charity
A FUNERAL director has raised over £400 for a charity close to his heart after organising a fundraising walk.
Chris Tremaine, 56, from The Co-operative Funeralcare, Pomphlett Road, in Plymstock, has raised £440 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association after getting 43 adults, two children and a dog to walk around Burrator Reservoir on Dartmoor.
The three and a half mile Burrator Bimble, as Chris named the walk, was part of the Motor Neurone Disease Association's annual 'Walk to D'feat' event held on Sunday.
Mr Tremaine, who has a close friend suffering with the disease, said he was proud of everyone who signed up to take part in the walk.
He said: "We have a very close friend who has Motor Neurone Disease. He is only in his forties and has a young family. His determination to combat the effects of the disease is incredible.
"On Sunday he turned up at Burrator in his wheelchair and was pushed all the way around with us. It was very fitting and quite emotional to have him there.
"I think he was humbled to see how many people had turned up to do the walk for him.
"I'd like to say a big thank you to all who took part. You should all be very proud of yourselves."
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive neurodegenerative disease which attacks the upper and lower motor neurones. Degeneration leads to weakness and wasting of limbs and difficulties with speech, breathing and swallowing, eventually leaving the person living with MND unable to speak or feed themselves. There is no known cause of the disease or any cure.
Mr Tremaine said he is hoping the money the walkers raised will go towards funding research into finding a cure.