Sheffield grandad Brian bares his legs for charity

Brian Jackson has been challenged to wear shorts for an entire year to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. His wife Chris died from the disease. Picture: Andrew Roe
Brian Jackson has been challenged to wear shorts for an entire year to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. His wife Chris died from the disease. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Who wears short shorts, Brian wears short shorts – all year round.

First came the ice bucket challenge and now comes another wacky fundraiser in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association – as Sheffield grandad Brian Jackson has vowed to wear shorts every day for an entire year.

Brian Jackson has been challenged to wear shorts for an entire year to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. His wife Chris died from the disease. Picture: Andrew Roe

Brian Jackson has been challenged to wear shorts for an entire year to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. His wife Chris died from the disease. Picture: Andrew Roe

The 61-year-old, from Greenhill, has taken up the unusual challenge to raise awareness and cash for the association, which is a cause very close to his heart.

Brian’s wife Chris was diagnosed with MND in June 2011 causing her health to rapidly decline before she died, aged 67, in November 2012.

“When we were told Chris had motor neurone disease it was more than devastating,” said Brian.

“First of all her speech went, which was awful for her as she was very chatty. Then she lost the use of her arms, hands and legs and by the September she was in a wheelchair.

Chris Jackson, who died of motor neurone disease. Picture: Andrew Roe

Chris Jackson, who died of motor neurone disease. Picture: Andrew Roe

“She coped with it absolutely brilliantly and was as positive as one could be.

“Our family, friends and numerous other people helped us to get through the devastating time – and the help of the Motor Neurone Disease Association was particularly appreciated.”

Brian hoped to raise £500 for the MNDA by getting his legs out but surpassed his goal in just two weeks and is now focused on reaching the £1,000 mark.

He says stepping out in his summery attire during a rather chilly January has resulted in a few strange looks but he does not feel too out of place.

Brian Jackson has been challenged to wear shorts for an entire year to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. His wife Chris died from the disease. Picture: Andrew Roe

Brian Jackson has been challenged to wear shorts for an entire year to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. His wife Chris died from the disease. Picture: Andrew Roe

“I’m actually surprised by just how many people do wear shorts during the winter,” said Brian.

“I normally wear shorts for most of the year but not when it’s as cold as it has been recently.

“Some people have looked confused but once I explain what I’m doing they are very supportive.”

Nicknamed ‘Bare Legs Brian’ by his eldest son Richard, the dad-of-two is determined to keep to his promise until December 31, whatever the weather.

Brian Jackson has been challenged to wear shorts for an entire year to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. His wife Chris died from the disease. Picture: Andrew Roe

Brian Jackson has been challenged to wear shorts for an entire year to raise money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association. His wife Chris died from the disease. Picture: Andrew Roe

“I’m hoping this year is as mild as it was last year, but we will have to see,” said Brian.

“I need to stock up on my shorts to keep me going.

“I’m trying to find some thick ones at the moment but it’s quite hard to find any shorts at this time of year.”

n To sponsor Brian visit, www.justgiving.com/BareLegsBrian.