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Mayor to join guests at Lichfield lantern anniversary event

Terry Thomas

Terry Thomas

Lichfield’s Market Square is set to come alight with lanterns to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Motor Neurone Diseases Association.

The event, which takes place at 6pm on October 6 and is being organised by the Staffordshire Support Group, will be attended by the Mayor of Lichfield, Councillor Terry Thomas.

Staffordshire Support Group Association Visitor Terry Thake said:

“The MND Association has come a long way since it was founded by a group of committed volunteers 30 years ago. Branches and groups are lighting lanterns for life at the same time to celebrate the contributions of its supporters during the last three decades. We will also be commemorating those who currently face MND as well as those who have lived with the disease.

“At any one time, there is an average of 50 people in Staffordshire living with MND, half of whom are in the Lichfield, Burton and Tamworth areas. Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a rapidly progressive, fatal illness. It leaves people unable to walk, talk or feed themselves, but intellect usually remains unaffected. With no cure, life expectancy is only three to five years from symptom onset. The MND Association wants to see a world without MND. It funds and promotes research to help bring about an end to the disease.

“Until then, it remains dedicated to supporting the families and carers of people with MND. The Staffordshire Support Group provides vital care and support to local people affected by the disease and raises money for equipment and research into the disease.”

Anyone wanting to join the celebrations is invited to arrive by 5.45pm. Refreshments will be available after the lantern ceremony at St Mary’s Centre.

More details are available from Hannah Sookias on 01283 808460 or by emailing

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