Ex-Rangers player Fernando Rickson launches MND fund

Ex-Rangers player Fernando Rickson has announced he will launch a new foundation to raise funds for research into debilitating Motor Neurone Disease.

Fernando Rickson.  Picture: Donald MacLeod / TSPL
Fernando Rickson. Picture: Donald MacLeod / TSPL

Rickson was diagnosed with the terminal disease in 2013.

Despite being given just 15 months to live, the Dutchman has vowed he will fight the terminal illness.

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Later this week he will launch the Fernando Rickson Foundation to raise vital funds for medicine and research into the condition.

Rickson in his Ranger playing days. PA Photo: Andrew Milligan.

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Motor Neurone Disease is a crippling and ultimately fatal condition, which causes the degeneration of the body’s motor nerve cells.

Since his diagnosis, Rickson has raised more than £80,000 for the charity, MND Scotland.

Craig Scotckton, Chief Executive of MND Scotland said: “MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness with no effective treatment and no cure.

Rickson in his Ranger playing days. PA Photo: Andrew Milligan.

“During MND Awareness Week 2016 we want to increase public awareness and understanding of MND.

“Funding for research continues to be a priority for but with additional support we can do more.”

To donate text CUREMND to 70660 to donate £5 to MND Scotland.