Charity auction

Gemma and Ben Jefcoate who have lost three family members to MND
Gemma and Ben Jefcoate who have lost three family members to MND

Luton couple Gemma and Ben Jefcoate have lost three close family members to Motor Neurone Disease.

Now they’re holding a fundraising event with proceeds to be split between the MND Associaton and Keech Hospice Care, where Ben’s mum Lorraine died only three months after being diagnosed.

Mother-of-two Gemma, 27, said: “We’ve been so unlucky because it’s so rare. But we’re determined to remain positive.

“We were originally told it wasn’t hereditary. Now we don’t want to take the test because the disease is incurable and it would be a constant worry if either of us were found to be carrying the gene.”

Ben’s nan passed away in 1992 while Gemma lost hers in 2008. His mum died in May.

The event in their memory will take place at St John’s Parish Church, Sundon Park, from 7pm on Saturday November 29. There will be a disco, a live band and auction featuring signed darts and Liverpool European cup winners T shirts and a Toshiba smart TV as well as a raffle with prizes including Monarch flights, a Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 and much more.

Tickets are £5 each from St John’s Lounge Bar or call 07969 800990.