Event will raise funds for Scott

A fundraising event is being held to help a former footballer as he battles motor neurone disease.

Fitness enthusiast Laura Watson set about arranging the event after family friend Scott Bell, of Cramlington, was diagnosed with the progressive neurodegenerative disease this year.

Scott, a former semi-professional footballer with Blyth Spartans and Bedlington Terriers, was diagnosed with motor neurone disease in May.

Since then, the 32-year-old, still working full time for an educational publisher, has set up the Scott Bell Fund to raise money for research into the disease and his future care needs.

Laura, a personal trainer, is raising money for the fund by holding a fitness event on Sunday at the Village Hotel at Cobalt Business Park at North Shields.

Laura said: “My partner has known Scott for a long time, and we, like so many others, had heard of motor neurone disease but didn’t really understand what it was. Scott is an inspiration to everyone for carrying on with his life and encouraging others to take note of the condition while raising money for the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

“I’m happy to be able to help raise awareness of the disease and involve the local community in what will be a fantastic fitness event.”

The event will see several instructors host various fitness classes, finishing with a two-hour Zumba party.

To book a place, call (0191) 270 6410.