Receiving

People love taking part in events for charities. Mud, bikes, runs, walks, golf, so many things. How does it feel to be the beneficiary of charitable activity?I am now finding out. I notice that people want to help. I am open to the kindness the charities show. My daughter and I have benefitted from superb counselling provided by the Hospice of St Francis. The UK charity supporting people with my condition, the Motor Neurone Disease Association, kindly gave money so my wife and kids could go to the beach for a week. It takes a little adjustment to be a receiver of help, but I accept it with gratitude.
Kindness also comes from friends and family. A good friend of mine does four hour round trips to play golf with my son; one day he drove nine hours to take me to the beach. This is simply incredible and inspiring. Kindness also takes the form of keeping in touch, being with our children, a helping hand and of course a good kick up the backside sometimes.

Just in case you have temporarily lost faith in human nature, I can reassure you that it is alive and well.

Andrew Knowlman

I am a 50-year old father of two children, married to Jane. I live in Hertfordshire, UK. I was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in April 2015.

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