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Fighter Pilots Fight Back Against Motor Neurone Disease
Monday, Apr 7, 2014
Fighter Pilots Fight Back Against Motor Neurone Disease
A former RAF Harrier display pilot and Head of Cobham’s operations at Durham Tees Valley airport has pledged to raise £10,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association after his best friend was diagnosed with the disease.

A former RAF Harrier display pilot and Head of Cobham’s operations at Durham Tees Valley airport has pledged to raise £10,000 for the Motor Neurone Disease Association after his best friend was diagnosed with the disease.

Chris Burwell, who lives in Richmond, is planning a number of fundraising activities in 2014 including a cycling tour of Denmark, a high-altitude trek in the Alps and a Scottish cycling trip. An ‘afternoon tea extravaganza’ and an online auction are also planned to raise money for the charity. His ten-year-old son, Will, is getting involved by hiking 3 days of the Viking Way long distance path this summer.

Friends for more than 40 years, Chris met Paul Hopkins when they joined the RAF together as teenagers. Paul has had an outstanding career in fast jet aviation, winning numerous awards throughout his career. Also an RAF Harrier pilot, he went on to become the Chief Test Pilot for BAe Systems where he conducted much of the test flying of the RAF’s Typhoon aircraft in which he was the first man to fly at Mach 2, twice the speed of sound. He was diagnosed with MND in 2012.

Motor Neurone Disease is a progressive disease that attacks the nerves in the brain and spinal cord gradually stopping messages from reaching the muscles. There is no cure. Since his diagnosis, Paul has received emotional and practical help from the MND Association and wanted to do something to help other sufferers. Together, he and Chris launched the Paul Hopkins MND Association Fightback Fund, which has already raised more than £2,000 for the charity.

Chris said: “Paul is truly one of the outstanding pilots of our generation and a hugely popular and well-known figure in aviation. I’m proud to have been his friend for more than 40 years and now he and I are doing all that we can to make sure that his Fightback Fund helps people like Paul to get the support they desperately need when faced with this dreadful disease”.

To find out more about Chris’ fundraising for Paul’s Fightback Fund, or to donate, visit: http://www.justgiving.com/paulhopkinsmnd

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Chris Burwell is planning a high-altitude trek to raise money for the MND Association

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