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Great Wall of China walk for Lucy Lintott

By Alistair Whitfield

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Sister and brother Rebecca and Joe Vickery
Sister and brother Rebecca and Joe Vickery

TWO friends of Lucy Lintott are embarking on a trek along the Great Wall of China to raise money for Motor Neuron Disease (MND) Scotland.

Sister and brother Rebecca and Joe Vickery have known Lucy since they were all children together.

MND Scotland is a charity especially close to their hearts as Lucy was diagnosed with the incurable terminal illness at the age of 19.

Rebecca said: "Lucy is one of the most loving, happiest and selfless people in the world.

"She's the youngest person in Scotland with the disease, but despite this she continues to live every day to its fullest.

"Instead of feeling sorry for herself and dwelling on her situation, she has done quite the opposite.

"She is a force of nature."

Rebecca and Joe will be among a group of 46 walkers travelling to China next month to undertake a five-day trek along a stretch of the wall.

Between them the group, which also includes Lucy's father Robert, has already raised a massive £130,000 for MND Scotland, with an overall target of £165,000.


Rebecca, who's aged 28 and grew up in Lhanbryde, said: "Lucy continues to fight the odds and that's why Joe and myself are so determined to reach our £3,750 target each before our trip.

"Lucy has successfully completed challenge after challenge, from releasing a Christmas single with the MND choir to producing a documentary with the BBC and organising an annual charity ball.

"Everything she does is to raise aware of the disease in the hope that someday soon a cure will be found for future generations.

"While science holds the answers, there first needs to be a greater awareness of the disease and the day-to-day strength of people like Lucy acting as an inspiration to others – both people with and without the disease."

Lucy Lintott who's now aged 25
Lucy Lintott who's now aged 25

MND affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord.

Over time, it can cause rob a person oftheir ability to walk, eat, speak and breathe unaided.

Currently in Scotland there are over 450 people affected by the disease.

MND Scotland is the only charity in the country providing care and support to people affected as well as funding vital research to find a cure.

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