Ice challenge to find a cure

Natalie Brocklebank
Natalie Brocklebank
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A man who lost his young wife to motor neurone disease is hoping to boost funds for research - with an icy challenge.

Michael Brocklebank’s wife Natalie died of the degenerative illness in June aged just 29, after battling the condition for five years.

He has now organised a special fundraising event at Handsworth Park from 11am on Sunday, featuring a ‘mass ice bucket challenge’.

The activity will see people being nominated by friends to pour a bucket of ice-cold water over their heads while being filmed.

Footage is then posted to social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

So far Michael has already raised almost £2,500 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association and the Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience, where research is taking place to find a cure for the illness.

Other attractions at the fundraising day include five-a-side football, a bouncy castle and stalls.

Michael, aged 34, who lives in Handsworth, said: “I’m hoping to get 1,000 people all on camera doing the challenge at the same time and hopefully raising £10,000 in the process.”

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