OUR PATRONS

Three of the MND Association Patrons Stephen Hawking, Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne – will feature on posters at key London transport hubs during Awareness Month. Stephen Hawking will appear on a poster at Victoria train station from 5th June, while Eddie Redmayne’s poster will be at Waterloo and Benedict Cumberbatch’s at Kings Cross for 10 days from 13th June. All three posters will be on display during MND Global Awareness Day on 21st June.

STEPHEN HAWKING

STEPHEN HAWKING

Stephen Hawking has been involved with the Association since it was founded in 1979. He is globally recognised as a theoretical physicist and cosmologist, but has also lived with MND since 1963, after being diagnosed at the age of 21.

His life story was turned into the award-winning film ‘The Theory Of Everything’, and the MND Association was delighted to benefit from the UK premiere in December 2014.

Stephen says, "I have lived most of my life in the expectation of an early death, so time has always been precious to me. I have so much that I want to do. I hate wasting time."

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH

Benedict Cumberbatch started supporting the Association after playing Stephen Hawking in a BBC drama called ‘Hawking’ in 2004.

He was made an ambassador in 2008, before becoming a Patron in 2015.

Benedict said, “As part of my research into Stephen Hawking I worked with the Motor Neurone Disease Association who introduced me to two people who had MND at very different stages. They very generously allowed me to film them and were remarkably brave in their frankness and honesty about how it started and what they’d felt emotionally and physically. More than a decade on from the release of ‘Hawking’, I am still very proud to be regularly involved with the MND Association and very happy to be a part of MND Awareness Month 2017.”

EDDIE REDMAYNE

EDDIE REDMAYNE

In 2015 Eddie Redmayne won the Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in ‘The Theory Of Everything’, becoming a Patron in the same year.

In Hollywood Eddie dedicated his Academy Award to everyone living with the disease and when he was back in London, he visited an MND Clinic to show the Oscar statue to Glenn Phillips, one of the people who helped him understand the difficulties of living with the disease. Glenn sadly died in May this year.

Eddie said, “Learning about the devastating effects of motor neurone disease was one of the life-changing experiences I had making ‘The Theory Of Everything’. We were invited to visit MND clinics, and I went every couple of weeks for a few months so I could find out what life was really like for people living with the disease. I’m delighted to help continue raising awareness of MND by taking part in this poster campaign for the Motor Neurone Disease Association”.

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