Cash boost to help charity’s work

The family of Scott Bell Margaret Richardson, Gordon Bell, Sarah Bell and Scarlett Bellwith with Kath Nisbet (third right).
The family of Scott Bell Margaret Richardson, Gordon Bell, Sarah Bell and Scarlett Bellwith with Kath Nisbet (third right).

A charity set up after a popular local football star was diagnosed with motor neurone disease has received a cash boost.

The Scott Bell Fund was set up after Scott – whose previous clubs included Blyth Spartans and Bedlington Terriers – was diagnosed with the condition in May 2011. He died on October 6, 2013.

His parents, Sarah and Gordon, now run the charity to raise awareness of the disease and raise money.

And they have been boosted after former civic head of Northumberland County Council, Coun Kath Nisbet, presented a cheque for £5,155 from money raised.

Coun Nisbet, deputy civic head, said: “Motor neurone disease is a terrible rare and incurable disease with a surprisingly small public profile.

“It was a great pleasure to make this donation in person to Sarah and Gordon Bell – the Scott Bell fund is a fantastic charity that makes a huge difference to people’s lives affected by the illness.”

The money was raised through raffles and a number of different events including a ball, dinners, and socials.

Following his diagnosis, Scott was set on bringing more attention to his condition and raising money to contribute to on-going research.

Fifty per cent of the profits raised by the Scott Bell Fund are donated to the Motor Neurone Disease Association, with the remaining money used to assist local people with MND and their families by helping to fund much needed home adaptations and equipment.

To make a donation visit www.scottbellfund.com