Supporting the fight against MND

Motor neurone disease is a debilitating, fatal condition that affects the brain and spinal cord and can leave sufferers locked in a failing body.

This rare but devastating condition has affected two members of our Investec family in recent years; Trevor Gatfield, who sadly died from MND in 2017, and Charles Malcolm, who has been fighting the disease for several years.

With your help, we want to make a real difference to the lives and futures of those affected by this terrible condition by providing support for sufferers and funding research to ‘crack’ the genetic code behind the disease.

Help us raise £100,000 for the MND Association

Any support you can give will make a real difference to the lives of MND sufferers

Our ambitious target will help the MND Association fund research into a cure and support those currently living with MND.

Got some great ideas for raising funds, or need some inspiration?

Take a look at what others are doing to raise awareness and funding for the MND Association.

 

 

 

Charles Malcolm

Charles Malcolm has been part of the Investec family for more than 10 years. Prior to working at Investec, he had a varied career as a researcher, psychologist, academic and consultant. Like many young South Africans, he played a lot of sport and became an exceptional rugby, football, cricket and squash player and continued to complete several long-distance events despite the intense pain of early stage MND. 


Charles initially self-diagnosed in 2012 and was given a two-year prognosis. He was subsequently found to have a slow progressing version and fought the daily battle against his symptoms to continue to come to work up until spring this year. A talented writer, dedicated husband, and loving father, Charles wants to share his story to help improve the lives and futures of those with MND. 

Trevor Gatfield

Trevor Gatfield spent an incredible 46 years at Investec, starting out in the Worcester office of Henderson Crosthwaite, finishing in the Treasury & Trading Operations team in Corporate Banking, playing an integral role in initiatives such as the integration of Guinness Mahon along the way.

 
Trevor was diagnosed with an aggressive form of MND and sadly passed away last year. He’s remembered as a great character, well-loved and a good friend to many of us across Investec. A passionate sportsman, cook and family man, he left behind his wife Chris, son Stephen and daughters Amy and Hannah, who continue to campaign for the MND Association. 

Charles' story

‘This MND is currently a death sentence. There is no cure and no medication. However, the researchers are saying they will crack this code. Every bit of research needs funding so if we can contribute to that, we are helping that day when it’s cracked to be sooner rather than later. In the meantime, people need help’

‘This MND is currently a death sentence. There is no cure and no medication. However, the researchers are saying they will crack this code. Every bit of research needs funding so if we can contribute to that, we are helping that day when it’s cracked to be sooner rather than later. In the meantime, people need help’

MND infographic

About the MND Association

The Motor Neurone Disease Association is committed to delivering a world free from MND. It’s the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on improving access to care, research and campaigning.

  • Raise awareness so the needs of people with MND and everyone who cares for them are recognised and addressed by wider society.

  • Improve care and support for people with MND, their families and carers
  • Fund and promote research that leads to new understanding and treatments, and brings us closer to a cure for MND

From providing speech aids to help those that have lost their voice to communicate and running 21 care centres around the UK, through to funding more than 70 research projects to help find a cure, the MND Association plays a critical role in improving the lives of everyone affected by MND now and in the future.

 

 

 

Get involved 

 

There are lots of opportunities to get involved, either individually or as a team, to help make a difference. There are some initial ideas to get you started but please think about what would mean most to you and your team.

 

Run a half (or full!) marathon, 24-hour cycle challenge, or other sporting feat!

Take part in a sponsored silence (MND affects the voice, eventually leaving sufferers unable to speak)

Organise a team event, such as a quiz night or cake sale

Once you’ve chosen your fundraising activity, start your own team page on our donations site.

We’ll also be organising a number of events over the course of the year, which you can get involved. Please get in touch with the Investec team or the MNDA with any questions.

Contact information

Richard Parris, MND Association

[email protected]
Tel: 01604 611 775

Ben Sharpe, MND Association

Investec fundraising team