A NORTH Devon support group has raised more than £1,000 to help sufferers of debilitating muscle-wasting disease. The North and West Devon Motor Neurone Disease Association Support Group social evening was held at St John s Garden Centre in Barnstaple. T

A NORTH Devon support group has raised more than £1,000 to help sufferers of debilitating muscle-wasting disease.The North and West Devon Motor Neurone Disease Association Support Group social evening was held at St John's Garden Centre in Barnstaple."The evening proved to be a great success and raised a total of £1,124.80 to provide essential equipment for local patients and fund vital research into this devastating disease," said group vice-chairman Sylvia Wiseman."MND can attack anyone at any time, it does not discriminate against age or gender and affects the entire body, stripping the patient of all dignity with complete loss of muscles in limbs and eventually loss of swallowing and voice. "The brain is not affected so the poor patient knows exactly what is happening to them, but has no control over the eventuality. "As a small group, we are always appealing for volunteers to help us in our struggle; we meet at the North Devon Hospice on the second Tuesday of each month at 7pm."Mrs Wiseman went on to thank those who helped make the function such a success, including Barnstaple Mayor Cllr Jeremy Phillips and Mayoress Cllr Val Elkins.For more information about the North and West Devon Motor Neurone Disease Association Support Group, contact Sylvia Wiseman on (01271) 327014.