Wilko staff raise £4,225 for MND research at SITraN

Nigel, Gemma and Joe presenting the cheque to Professor Shaw

Huge thanks go to Martin Taylor, a buyer at Wilko Headquarters in Worksop, who arranged a staff karting event to support pioneering research into Motor Neurone Disease (MND) carried out at the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) at the University of Sheffield.

Martin was aware of the funds being raised for SITraN by his colleague, Nigel Middleton, whose daughter Gemma is suffering from MND. Gemma was diagnosed in 2016 at the age of 29, and ever since, together with her friends and family, has been fundraising both for SITraN and the national charity, the MNDA. She is a patient of Professor Dame Pamela Shaw, Founding Director of SITraN and Head of the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health at the University.

With this in mind, Martin organised a karting event in which Wilko staff and their suppliers could enter teams. The event was a great success and raised a fantastic total of £4,225.

The funds raised will be allocated to supporting the purchase of a SIMOA HD1 machine, which will help the teams at SITraN in their aim to speed up the discovery of biomarkers. Biomarkers are an essential component of clinical research, especially in drug discovery experiments and the testing of potential therapies in clinical trials. The SIMOA machine is 1,000 times more sensitive than the currently used technique, so will have an enormous impact on the research teams’ work.

Professor Shaw accepted a cheque for the £4,225 donation from Nigel, Gemma and Joe, Gemma’s husband. She spoke of the enormous gratitude she and her teams felt towards Gemma and her family, as well Martin Taylor and staff at Wilko for their generous support for SITraN.

Gemma speaking about her battle with MND in support of our Sheffield Scanner campaign

If you would like to fundraise for SITraN or other projects at the University, please visit our Community Fundraising web pages or contact communityfundraising@sheffield.ac.uk

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Nigel receiving a certificate of thanks to all at Wilkos

Wilko certificate