img_0050Rosemary saw Rosie Bear sitting on a shelf in the local chemist years ago and they were friends til the end.  Sadly, Rosemary was diagnosed with the Bulbar Palsy variant of Motor Neurone Disease (MND/ALS) in September 2013 and she died in November 2016.

We would very much like to say thank you to the MND Association particularly the East Dorset and New Forest Branch who supported Rosemary during the three years she lived with MND and also to the NHS healthcare professionals, including Forest Holme Hospice and Lewis Manning Hospice day centre, both in Poole, and the Marie Curie Nurses – all of whom were marvellous.

Rosemary’s daughter Isabel, her carer, decided to take Rosie Bear on a BIG adventure in the UK and abroad, helped by family and friends, in order to raise awareness of the disease and funds for the MND Associaton

We also take part in personal challenges to raise funds:

  • 3 of Rosemary’s grandchildren have done parachute jumps
  • 2 took part in a Silverstone Half Marathon
  • Isabel took Rosie Bear on a 3 day trek in Iceland and
  • Completed a 25k Quarter Ultra Challenges from Bath
  • Completed a 25k Quarter Ultra Chellenge from Poole to Corfe Castle
  • Completed a 10k Walk with the local MND Association from Ferndown Forest Golf Club to Upton Country Park
  • Team Rosie Bear (consisting of 10 members of the family and work colleagues) ran at the Gung-Ho event at Upton House, Poole
  • 2.6 Challenge in March
  • Big Steps of Hope Virtual Walk in July