Welcome


A warm welcome to the website of the South Hertfordshire Branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association

If you live in the southern half of Hertfordshire and have been affected by Motor Neurone Disease in any way we are here to help. Whether you are living with Motor Neurone Disease, are caring for someone, or have a friend or family member with Motor Neurone Disease, we are here to offer a listening ear, information and support. We hold friendly informal meetings throughout the year, and you would be very welcome.

Online Activities

Click on the images below to see details of online activities organised by the Branch

Carers Group  Christmas Quiz


Emergency Appeal 

The South Herts Branch  of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association has launched an emergency appeal for donations to maintain their vital support for people living with MND.

Local people with MND turn to our branch for advice, face-to-face meetings and importantly can apply for financial grants to help improve their quality of life.

But with the coronavirus pandemic cancelling or postponing fundraising events, volunteers at the branch are determined to find other ways to raise money to continue supporting local people facing this devastating illness. 

I  joined the South Herts branch after the loss of my brother, 26 years ago when he was  just 34 years of age.

I am now the Chair of the branch and, along with my wonderful committee members,  are working hard to support people during these unprecedented  times which is now more important than ever.

Any donations you are able to make will be hugely appreciated.  Please click on:

Donate To The Branch – on the left hand side of this page              

        and then

Appeal – on the top right hand corner of that page                             

        which will take you to the relevant section where donations can be made.

Around 60 people are living with this brutal disease in South Herts. MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease which affects the brain and spinal cord. It attacks the nerves that control movement and eventually leaves people unable to move, communicate or breathe. It kills a third of people within a year of diagnosis and half within two years. There is no cure.

Thank you so much for your support

Hetty Smith

Chair – South Herts Branch – Motor Neurone Disease Association

A message from the Chair

On 11th May we received the following advice from the NHS about the Volunteering Programme:

The NHS and Royal Voluntary Service have now taken steps to make the service more personalised for people who need support, by enabling self-referral for those who need support. Whilst the NHS and Royal Voluntary Service have identified specific criteria for the programme, if an individual considers themselves vulnerable for any reason and need help collecting shopping, medication or would like a telephone ‘check in and chat’ they can call 0808 196 3646 (8am to 8pm) to arrange volunteer support. Anyone with caring responsibilities can also make a referral for themselves, if this support helps them to continue in their caring role.


This service is not designed to replace the work the committee are doing supporting people living with MND in our area but the NHS want to ensure anyone who may benefit from this support at this time of crisis is aware of the support available to them and how to access it.

I, as Chair, have already referred one PwMND to this service and they were immediately able to help so please get in touch with them if necessary.

Please do not forget that Lesley Ralston, Vice Chair, and I are also available to help so please contact us as well if you wish.

     - our telephone numbers are:

        Lesley Ralston - 01923 778990
        Hetty Smith. - 0208 207 5086 

Hetty Smith - Chair - South Herts Branch - MND Association

A message about events

As a result of guidance received from National Office we have had to take the decision to postpone our Quiz Evening on 27th March and our Annual General Meeting on 15th April. Both these dates will be rearranged once the pandemic is over and we are advised it is safe to do so.

Also cancelled, until further notice, are our Get Togethers on the first Wednesday of each month.

We hope you understand our decision to postpone these events - our priority is the safety of people living with MND in our area, their families and carers as well as our branch members and supporters.


Take Care
Hetty Smith - Chair

Upcoming events

Notification of rescheduled events will be shown here

                    Some recent events are shown here 
                    and some upcoming events  here



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Fresh Breath - Introduced by Benedict Cumberbatch CBE

Fresh Breath



Get Togethers for people living with MND 


Come along with your spouses and carers for a relaxing afternoon. For details click here.

MNDA Get together