Fundraiser for Motor Neurone Disease
2231. Harold Jones
Lance Corporal Harold Jones, aged 100, from Sutton Coldfield, who served in the Royal Army Pay Corps between 1942 and 1947, has raised over £40,000 for Motor Neurone Disease after losing three friends to the disease.
Inspired by a previous Point of Light, the late Captain Sir Tom Moore, Harold has turned walking laps of his garden for exercise into raising money and awareness for Motor Neurone Disease. Harold has inspired hundreds of people to donate by walking up to forty laps of his garden daily, in memory of three close friends who he has lost to Motor Neurone Disease. Aided by his late wife’s mobility apparatus after breaking his back in 2016, Harold has continued to walk laps of his garden every day since March 2020, reaching 40,270 laps which equates to over 640 miles.
Harold, who celebrated his 100th birthday in July this year, has raised £42,643 to date and plans to continue raising funds for Motor Neurone Disease research.
Congratulating Harold on his award, Rt Hon Andrew Mitchel, Harold’s local MP for Sutton Coldfield, said;
“I am very pleased that my constituent, Harold Jones, has secured this recognition. He has brought distinction to our Royal Town, and I look forward to congratulating him in person shortly.”
“Wow, what have I done to deserve this, I have only been trying to help others in what I see as a great need.”
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