Fund will continue in Scott’s memory

Louise Bell heading over a cheque from the Scott Bell Fund to Mandy Metcalfe from MDNA after �20000 was raised over the last year. GM032270
Louise Bell heading over a cheque from the Scott Bell Fund to Mandy Metcalfe from MDNA after �20000 was raised over the last year. GM032270

The wife of a footballer struck down in his prime has vowed to continue fundraising in his memory to help others.

Scott Bell had been playing for Bedlington Terriers in April 2009 when the signs of motor neurone disease first started, being diagnosed in May 2011.

Along with his family and friends, the 35-year-old set up the Scott Bell Fund to raise awareness of the disease and raise cash for research into a cure.

The former Blyth Spartan striker never gave up hope of finding a cure for the disease so he could see his son Elliot grow up.

But he died in his sleep lying next to his wife Louise on October 6 last year.

Grieving Louise, who says looking after 15-month Elliot has helped her over the last few months, is now determined to keep the fund going and help other sufferers of the muscle degenerative disease.

More than £100,000 was raised by the fund while Scott was alive, being split to buy equipment that he needed and for the Motor Neurone Disease Association to help find a cure.

And last week she presented £20,000 to the MNDA that the fund had raised last year.

Louise, 33, said: “We are going to continue the fund in Scott’s memory.

“What we’re planning to do is still split the money 50-50. Half will be used to help local people with MND and the rest will go to the MNDA.

“We would like to help local people who have motor neurone disease in whatever way we can whether it’s equipment the need or adapting their home, no matter how small.

“All Scott’s equipment was bought through this fund and when he died it was given to others.”

She added: “There are so many different things going on since Scott died.

“People are asking if they can still raise money for the fund and there are a lot of different events lined up this year.

“It’s amazing that there are still so many people wanting to help. It’s overwhelming the support that he had from day one.”

Mandy Metcalfe, regional fundraiser for MNDA, said: “It’s a magnificent amount of money.

“Scott was inspirational, he was determined to raise money towards research.

“He was well supported by his family and friends.

“This latest £20,000 will be used for research, it is something that Scott was passionate about.

“He wanted to help find a cure for this disease.

“I am delighted that the fund is going to continue to fundraise. I will support Louise anyway I can.”

She added: “Motor neurone disease is still a rare disease, the numbers of people living with it are much lower than those with cancer but through the efforts of Scott’s friends and family we have really raised awareness of MND in this area so we’re grateful for that.”

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