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Vitality London 10,000 - 29th May 2017


On 29 May 2017, Professor Mike Hanna led the CNMD Team in running The Vitality London 10,000 race. This was the team’s ninth consecutive year participating in the event and they aim to raise £10,000 for The National Brain Appeal to support training at The Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases.

Since the CNMD team first set themselves this annual challenge, we're delighted that our supporters have helped to raised £140,000 for the centre.

The impact of this has been incredible and has helped us to maintain our commitment to training the next generation of scientists, nurses, therapists, doctors and clinical research specialists.

It's no exaggeration to say, we really couldn't have done this without the help of our patients, their families and friends. This year, we hope to raise funds to continue these training programmes.

I do hope you will be able to support us: any donation, no matter how small, will be gratefully received and will help make a very real difference.

Thank you

Professor Michael G Hanna

Consultant Neurologist

Queen Square Divisional Clinical Director

Theresa Dauncey

Chief Executive

National Brain Appeal

Registered Charity No. 290173

The National Brain Appeal

National Brain Appeal

The National Brain Appeal, the charity dedicated to raising funds for the hospital, has worked with Professor Michael Hanna, and were successful in opening the UK’s first comprehensive Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases in December 2009. The new Centre at 8-11 Queen Square has brought together the entire team of Queen Square experts in these fields, led by Professor Hanna. It includes a clinical trials facility and IT systems to support the development of new treatments and facilitate translational research to benefit patients. The Centre is a truly unique environment supporting young scientists to develop research programmes to find treatments for these serious diseases.

We urgently need to raise funds to support important clinical research in the new centre, and in particular to support young scientists we are training. We have already raised funds for two young scientists. We had one hundred applications for these two posts, and we would like to give a larger number of talented young scientists the opportunity to do research in these diseases in our new centre. Professor Hanna is personally committed to continue to raise funds to develop a comprehensive programme for talented young scientists to join the team and help drive the research to find treatments.

Neuromuscular neurological diseases are serious muscle wasting disorders which often affect children and young adults. There are over 100 neuromuscular diseases and common examples include Motor Neurone Disease, Polymyositis, Inclusion Body Myositis, Peripheral Neuropathy, Myaesthenia Gravis, Muscular Dystrophy and other life threatening diseases. They affect well over 100,000 people in the UK. For many of these diseases we still don’t have cures and we want to change this.

Please contact Glen Pickard, Fundraising Assistant, at or on 020 7829 8724 for further details.