A FAMILY which is living with the devastating diagnosis of motor neurone disease has said news of a £50m investment into research has given people hope.

The Government announced plans to invest £375m in research into neurodegenerative diseases on Sunday.

Of this, at least £50m will be made available specifically for research to help find a cure for MND – a condition that affects the brain and nerves and affects 5,000 people in the UK.

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Welcoming the news, Ross Campbell, from Darlington, whose wife Flo, 35, was diagnosed with MND this year, said: "It gives a little bit of hope for people who previously didn't have any.

"It's not going to provide any kind of instant solution but the fact it is designated for MND is fantastic.

"At the moment there is almost no treatment and what there is only extends like for a matter of months.

"Anything that comes that can improve that is a positive thing."

He added: "For people living with MND its difficult. £50m is amazing and brilliant but it doesn't change anything today.

"People who are diagnosed are still living with a degenerative illness so support through the MND Association is still vital."

Mr Campbell is trying to raise £10,000 for the charity, which provides support for people living with the condition and their families.

Mrs Campbell, who is an optometrist and runs Specsavers in Northallerton and Richmond with her husband, was among several hundred people living with MND who had added their name to a letter delivered to Downing Street asking for funding ahead of the budget in October.

The mother-of-two had also written to Darlington MP Peter Gibson calling for the funding.

Former rugby players Doddie Weir and Rob Burrow, who have MND, have been among those calling on the government for more investment.

The funding will go toward projects to help researchers to better understand the disease and its related conditions, develop and test treatments and improve care for those living with MND while trying to find a cure.

The full £375 million investment will fund projects into a range of diseases such as Pick’s Disease, Fronto-temporal dementia, wernicke-korsakoff, Parkinson’s disease dementia, Lewy Body dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and mild cognitive impairment.

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