What is the Darby
Former Liverpool, Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers footballer Stephen Darby and close friend and British Forces Veteran Chris Rimmer have partnered together to launch the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.
Stephen and Chris both have Motor Neurone Disease and have created a Foundation to create awareness of MND, to fund and assist research into the illness with the quest of finding a cure for the illness, to raise funds and offer grants to those with MND, as well as creating a network to help provide information and emotional support network for those diagnosed with the disease.
After playing professional football since the age of 17, on the 12th September 2018, I was forced to retire at the age of 29 after being given the diagnosis of motor neurone disease (MND). At the time of my diagnosis, I was still playing football at Bolton Wanderers and training every day.
Chris Rimmer is a former British Serviceman serving with the RAF. After spending the majority of his career at No2 Mechanical Transport Squadron at RAF Wittering and Joint Logistics Squadron at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, he went on to do contract work in Afghanistan as part of NATO, based in Kandahar and Mazar-i-sharif.
It was during his time in Afghanistan when the symptoms of MND started in early 2014.
VISION OF THE FOUNDATION
Raising awareness of Motor Neurone Disease is one of the foundations aims. We believe the more we can raise and display how devastating MND is, is crucial in advancing to government level. Reaching government level is pivotal in how MND is perceived and ultimately funded
We understand how important support is and in particular the financial implications this disease brings. We would like to support individuals and families by offering grants to those who need it. We will do this through the MND Association by making annual donations which they will distribute on our behalf. You can apply for a grant via this link
Research into treatments is vital on the journey to finding a cure for MND. At the moment there is no effective treatment or cure but there is promising research going on. With your support we will make donations to ongoing research as we strive to find a treatment as soon as possible