Added on: 3rd December, 2021 by O1
Fri, 3 December 2021
A former Age UK researcher and teacher at Langley Park Boys and Darrick Wood schools, Phil Rossall from Orpington has Motor Neurone Disease and has spent most of the last 5 years since his diagnosis raising awareness of the illness and fundraising for MNDA, the Motor Neurone Disease Association.
The funds raised have now reached over £50,000.
Phil was told he had maximum two years to live but that was in 2016. He is now only able to move his thumbs and eyes. He relies on a ventilator to breathe and communicates using his iPad by pressing a button to activate some clever software. It’s slow and laborious but he is always positive.
Motor neurone disease affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord that tell the muscles what to do. There is no cure and no effective treatment for the illness but the MND Association fund research and provide support for MND sufferers.
Phil is now much weaker and unable to do some of the more physically demanding challenges he previously took part in but he doesn’t let this stop him. See what he has been up to over the last five years:
2018 – October – Phil took part in the Great South Run in Portsmouth, being pushed in a wheelchair by volunteers from Run MND. They completed the 10-mile course, raising about £25000 for MNDA in the process.
2019 – February – Guinness World Record for Half Marathon pushing a wheelchair in Worthing – Pushed by friend and former colleague Marcus Green, they broke the previous record by 6 minutes.
2019 – December - Guinness World Record for Full Marathon pushing a wheelchair at Goodwood. Pushed by friend and former colleague Marcus Green, they broke the previous record and came in under three hours.
December 2020 – Published a book called Motor Neurone Disease the Fun Bits. The book displays his quirky sense of humour and includes some of his insights or ‘Philosophy’ cleverly encased in a fictional scenario. The book is available on Amazon HERE