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VIDEO: Hopton family uses loader to impress with Ice Bucket Challenge

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A Hopton family have gone to great heights to impress with their Ice Bucket Challenge.

Louise and Owen Page and their children - Emily, 10, and Oliver, eight - stayed true to their rural roots by enlisting the help of a loader, borrowed from a neighbouring farm, to ensure they got ‘absolutely drenched’ during their challenge on August 23.

Their friend Andrey Whyte was visiting at the time and joined them, along with her children, Elliott, seven, and Lola, who was celebrating her sixth birthday.

Meanwhile, Andrey’s husband, Alan, captured the impressive display on camera.

Louise said: “A couple of us ran out right at the beginning and the kids screamed but they found it hilarious. I did it in a jumper which was a mistake because it soaked it up like a sponge.”

Though they all had fun with the challenge, their reason for taking part was more serious - to help raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in memory of Andrey’s uncle, Mick Margis.

Mick, a father-of-two from Harrogate, was diagnosed with MND in October 2003 and died in March 2007, aged 51.

His widow, Diane, said his first symptoms included loss of grip, which proved problematic for his job as a carpet fitter, and slurred speech.

She said: “He managed to work for 18 months with the condition but did deteriorate slowly. He got a bit embarrassed talking to customers because of his slurred speech and he got unsteady on his legs. We had to sell the business and by the time he died he was totally paralysed and couldn’t speak.”

“He probably went a little bit before his time and was spared the worst of it,” she added.

Speaking out in support of the Ice Bucket craze, she said: “A lot of people don’t know what MND is - they’ve never heard of it before - I know I didn’t, so it’s amazing.”

MND is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord which means messages gradually stop reaching muscles, which leads to weakness and wasting.

It can affect how a person walks, talks, eats, drinks and breathes, but not all symptoms necessarily happen to everyone and it is unlikely they will all develop at the same time, or in any specific order.

To find out more about MND, visit www.mndassociation.org

 

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