East Dorset and New Forest Branch





Fundraising 2016




Boxing Day Dip

This was the 4th year of Gary & Louise Sharp hosting their annual Boxing Day Dip on Bournemouth beach. They were joined, on a cold but sunny day, by 22 family, friends & canine friends running into the sea at noon and out again at 12.02! Not sure the dogs were so enthusiastic at first but they soon joined in the fun with some brave people who ventured in for a second time.


Hot tea and coffee served from a beach hut was a very welcome reward but most rewarding of all was the £370 raised for the branch. The 'dip' is held between Alum and Middle Chines and is well supported beachside, as well as in the water, and if anyone would like to join the fun this year then you've plenty of time to get training.


Photo thanks to Just Aerial Photography




Frets and Friends
November 26th

Popular local band 'Empty Frets' played a concert in memory of Danny, a local musician who passed away with MND 10 years ago. The band who were joined by Danny's sons, Chris & Duncan & a brass section of two young ladies Emily & Alice, played to a very enthusiastic audience who enjoyed a wide range of music from the 50's to today's.


The highlight of the concert was Duncan singing one of Danny's favourites, Great Balls of Fire; he did it proud! Such was the very generous response, from local businesses and supermarkets to an appeal for donations for a Christmas hamper, that six large and very full hampers were raffled along with various gift vouchers.


The very enjoyable evening was a wonderful way tribute as well as being highly successful in raising £1400 for the branch.




Craft Fair
November 19th

After eight years, the branch's Craft Fairs drew to a close at Canford Cliffs Village Hall with our loyal crafters, customers and volunteers pulling out all the stops to make this Christmas fair a great success.


All the craft stalls were ladened with lovely gifts and the cake stall groaned under the weight of all the home baked goodies.


The refreshments again proved extremely popular, in fact, they completely sold out of cake and soup! Over the years that the fairs have been running approximately £25000 has been raised for the branch, a fantastic amount .


We may be back in the future!




October 22nd

Local award winning young band 'Power Thief' helped to raise funds for the branch at a local gig where they played their individual brand of music which had the audience up and dancing! The raffle tickets for some great prizes and the chance to win a football signed by the Bournemouth boy & Liverpool player, Adam Lallana, sold very quickly. A great night was had by all! Two events organised by a local family affected by MND, raised £2900 for the Branch this year.




Dawn Goodson
18th August

When Dawn Goodson was asked if an 85 year old could climb onto the upper wing of a Boeing Spearman Bi-plane her reply was ‘I’ll give it a try’and guess what, she did it!


So it was that, in memory of her husband John who passed away in 2015 and to raise funds for the branch, Dawn took to the skies on Thursday 18th August.


The plane, piloted by Mike Dentith, and with Dawn very safely strapped on, flew from Hurn Airport along the East Cliff coastline at Bournemouth in front of a crowd of thousands.


Dawn Goodson

The flight, which lasted for 30 minutes and with the windspeed was between 90 & 100 mph, raised immense interest in the local and some national media.


Her daredevil stunt provided a fantastic opening to the Bournemouth International Airshow but the most amazing feat was the £8500 Dawn raised from family & friends who sponsored her. Dawn hopes that this money will help to fund a voice recognition program.


Her next challenge ?…… abseiling down the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth on Sunday 2nd July 2017! If you’d like to join her and the team on that day, please do get in touch by emailing: dmgoodson@hotmail.co.uk









31st July

Watch the video of Melanie Broomfield’s amazing skydiving fundraising exploits....






11th June

Clive & Lynn Hudson, to raise funds for and awareness of MND, undertook a mammoth task by travelling by public bus from their home in Kent to Lands End and we were delighted to host an event to celebrate their
trip. What better way to do that, other than a lot of people in blue MNDA tee-shirts sliding down the Bournemouth Pier Zipwire!


We set our stalls up on the esplanade with a childrens' lucky dip, tombola and a registration desk and we were soon surrounded by willing participants with their sponsorship forms in hand.


Local Bournemouth councillors & an MP came along to support us in anyway other than the Zipwire!



During the day well over 60 intrepid 'Zippers' including Clive Hudson, enjoyed the exhilarating 30 second trip from the end of the Pier to the Beach.



A firecrew from the Dorset Fireservice parked a fire engine on the esplanade and, after donning a bright yellow firesuit complete with mask & helmet, the Watch leader made a spectacular trip and landing; brilliant!


At the end of a very exciting and busy day everyone went away thrilled by the day's events with Clive & Lynn going to a hotel to prepare for the next day's leg of their journey.


After all the proceeds had been counted and sponsorship money collected, we were delighted to tell Clive & Lynn that £4937 had been raised for the branch.





Morris Minor
14th May

The students at Bournemouth & Poole College decided to choose MNDA as the charity to receive the proceeds from this event, which was held in the grounds of the Poole College campus.


Our enthusiastic volunteers turned up in force and had soon erected gazebos, filled five or six tables with cakes, cards, books and a tombola and were soon busy selling the wares.

Darth Vader


Allan & Jean Bartlett, with their daughter Jane at the wheel for the first time brought along Ellie, their wonderful 1960 Morris Minor and for £1 people could estimate the car's mileage, with the closest winning a picnic hamper.


Talented students from the Music department provided the entertainment; just great to see such enthusiasm and amazing talent on show.


We did have a varied range of customers but when Darth Vader and his stormtroopers arrived, that certainly provided an opportunity for some photos!


A great day made even better by the sum of £900.00 being donated to the branch.



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Wow!! Fantastic result from Smedmore - £3307 on it's way into the branch's coffers!!

A really big thank you to all the amazing people who worked so hard; the kitchen team, the MNDA stalls, those on gate & house tour duties, transport, publicity, family & friends and the owner & staff from Smedmore House. Worth all the planning & hard work.

This will help us to continue providing help & support for those, in our area, living with MND not forgetting their families & carers.

Thank you to all who came along and enjoyed a lovely sunny afternoon in Dorset.