Craig Completes 100k In May!

A great effort!



Bluebirds first team coach and community manager Craig Rutherford has smashed the 100k in May challenge for the Darby Rimmer foundation!


The challenge is being tackled by lots of Barrovians, led by Manchester City star Georgia Stanway. The aim is to either walk or run 100 kilometres in the month of May.


Supported by his son Kayden, who has completed nearly 40km of his own, Craig has completed the challenge in less than two weeks. He now has another challenge planned which we will reveal details of soon.


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.


Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a neurological condition which affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. MND affects a person’s arms and legs resulting in the inability to do basic things like wash, feed and dress yourself.


It affects your ability to swallow which leads to the need of a feeding tube. It compromises your voice which means communicating is difficult. Breathing muscles are also affected, which leaves you relying on a ventilator to breathe. All these symptoms occur whilst your mind is unaffected.


The average life expectancy is just 2-5 years from the onset of symptoms with 1/3 of people diagnosed dying within 1.5 – 2 years. There is no known cause of MND and there is no cure or effective treatment, it’s always fatal.


There is a serious lack of awareness and more importantly funding. The Darby Rimmer Foundation aims to raise awareness of the disease whilst fundraising to support those effected and fund much needed research. There is a lot of research going on and the signs are promising for treatments in the future.


You can sponsor Craig’s efforts HERE




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