Bedford woman suffering Motor Neurone Disease is fundraising to find a cure

A Bedford woman diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease earlier this year is busy raising funds and awareness.

Friday, 2nd November 2018, 11:00 am
Debbie Burrells

Debbie Burrells has been losing her voice as the disease takes over and now needs help walking.

But she is carrying on with planning her next fundraiser - A Cruise Night on January 12 at The Bedford Swan Hotel.

Debbie will be a familiar face to many in Bedford for being part of a well-known local family (Kitcheners Marina and Garage) and one who worked in many of the best shops in town over the years.

She said: “I need people’s help to shout out about raising awareness of MDM as my voice is gradually getting weaker and will eventually totally go. Let’s find a cure for this awful terminal illness.”

Although plagued with cute exhaustion and severe muscle weakness which often confines her to a wheelchair, Debbie is determined to carry on and thanks all those who are helping her.

One of her recent fundraisers was a cake sale at St Paul’s Church which raised around £1,000 for the MND Association (

Debbie and friends are now planning the cruise-themed fundraising event, generously supported by The Bedford Swan Hotel, to add to the pot.

She said: “Not only are we helping to raise awareness of MND but on a personal note the events keep me focused. I cannot give up and will not let this defeat from me raising awareness of MND, hence I am already working on this next big event, God willing.

“The cruise themed event (many fab memories for me) will have lots going on including a steel band, Bedford sea cadets, fun casino table, top tombola, raffle and a typical cruise ship-style delicious spread.”

If anyone would like to get involved please email [email protected]