2020 has been a strange year for everyone all over the world, but for us it has been an emotional turmoil for a very different reason. After a period of time during which Irene was increasingly suffering muscle weakness in her arms and shoulders, she was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease (MND) in July. It also happened to coincide with our wedding anniversary, which we spent apart for the first time in 36 years.
We have been overwhelmed by the support and kindness from family and friends, and from a very strong professional team. This has made a huge difference in reassuring us for the future, and giving us strength as a family.
One of the key sources of support has been the charity MND Scotland, who provide a range of specialist services and advice, which has been invaluable.
MND Scotland also importantly fund clinical research trials, MND-SMART. Their research will hopefully provide more effective treatments for the condition in the future, and Irene is registered to take part in these. Trial centres are opening up again, including in Aberdeen, funded by donations, and the research and the work they undertake gives hope.
Many New Dances came about with Irene wanting to change the associations with the acronym MND. Folk have joined us in sharing the fun, including a friend’s video of them ballroom dancing, art work including a picture of the Merry Dancers, a beautiful poem and now Laura’s incredible art exhibition, with Kay’s generous promotional support.
We are totally blown away by the support Laura has received from her friends and fellow artists, and the generosity of the donations to raise funds for this charity.
Thank you everybody for your support, which has a real chance of making a difference to the treatment of this condition now and in the future, as well as giving you the chance to own a beautiful piece of artwork.”

Andrew, Irene, Ingrid and Heather Drever

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