Gordon taking on the Pennines

Motor Neurone Disease sufferer Gordon Wood who will walk the Pennine Way with his friend Jordan Frater
Motor Neurone Disease sufferer Gordon Wood who will walk the Pennine Way with his friend Jordan Frater

A Buxton man who has been diagnosed with motor neurone disease is walking the Pennine Way to raise money for charity.

Fifty-two year-old Gordon Wood hopes to complete the 267-mile walk within 18-20 days along with friend, Jordan Frater.

Former music teacher Gordon, was diagnosed with the condition this year after noticing a weakness in one of his hands.

He said: “It’s a pretty horrible condition really. Your arms and legs stop working and then you cannot breathe and then you die.

“Considering I am only 52 years old I thought it was a bit unfair. But then I thought, rather than just sit around and wait to die I would just do something.

“The Pennine Way is beautiful and it is good exercise - which may or may not be good for me.”

After his diagnosis Gordon fell in to a deep depression and received vital help and support not only for this, but many others problems, from the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

He said: “They helped me in all sorts of ways and I am just terribly, terribly grateful.

“The disease is pretty depressing but I find the only way is to get on with things.”

Gordon is setting out with friend Jordan on 3rd October with support from Peak Ales, who are donating vital hiking equipment.

To sponsor Gordon and Jordan and support the Motor Neurone Disease Association visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Jordan-Frater.