Scotland’s youngest Motor Neurone Disease (MND) sufferer has been rewarded after turning her terminal diagnosis into an opportunity to help others.
Campaigner Lucy Lintott, 21 from Moray has been named a Point of Light by Prime Minister David Cameron
Lintott was diagnosed with MND nearly three years ago. Although the average life expectancy of someone with MND, from diagnosis, is just fourteen months, Lucy decided to not allow her terminal illness to win and is determined to make every day count. Six months after being diagnosed Lucy started ‘Lucy’s Fight’, a blog about her journey. After talking with her scouting leader Dougie McPhee, she was prompted to write a ’bucket list’ and has raised over £100,000 in funds for MND Scotland.
Lucy is the latest recipient of a Point of Light award, which recognises outstanding individual volunteers, people who are making a change in their community and inspiring others. Each day, someone, somewhere in the country is selected to receive the award to celebrate their remarkable achievements.
As part of her fundraising campaign Lucy has completed a range of events and personal challenges in spite of her condition including a sponsored five day walk covering 65 miles with twenty of her friends and family, music nights, fun days and auctions with the help and support of her community. She regularly gives speeches on MND and recently addressed 1,000 people at a youth and philanthropy initiative event. In total she has raised over £100,000 for the charity MND Scotland.
Lucy’s daily blog helps readers understand the daily challenges of the condition and raises vital awareness of how it affects people like her.
Prime Minister David Cameron said:
“Lucy has shown incredible courage and determination in taking her own experience of Motor Neurone Disease and using it to help others. Through her blog, she is raising awareness of MND, tackling misconceptions and inspiring a huge number of donations which are making a real difference in the lives of many others with the disease. Lucy is an inspiration and I am delighted to recognise her service to others by making her the 534th UK Point of Light.”