Zorbathon raises cash for MND

The five castles zorbathon team
The five castles zorbathon team

More than £3,000 has been raised for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association after a five castles zorbathon in Northumberland.

Andy Gray, 30, organised the challenge in support of his dad who has MND.

Along with a group of friends they travelled from Warkworth Castle to Alnwick, on to Chillingham then Bamburgh and Dunstanburgh over three days last week, in a zorb ball.

The idea came about after Andy saw zorbing at half-time while watching Newcastle United play.

He said: “ I did the UK three peaks in 24 hours last year and wanted to do something a bit different. It was an unbelievable challenge and good fun, but hard work.

“People said to me that it would be impossible, but my response was surviving MND is impossible, this will just be hard work.”

“I wanted to raise £4,000 and money is still coming in so we might get that target.

“It is great to raise so much money and hopefully it will go a long way towards supporting sufferers and their families.

“The challenge also made us realise how beautiful Northumberland is and that it is on our doorstep.”