Former Liverpool, Bradford City and Bolton Wanderers footballer Stephen Darby and close friend and British Forces Veteran Chris Rimmer have partnered together to launch the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation.
Stephen and Chris both have Motor Neurone Disease and have created a Foundation to create awareness of MND, to fund and assist research into the illness with the quest of finding a cure for the illness, to raise funds and offer grants to those with MND, as well as creating a network to help provide information and emotional support network for those diagnosed with the disease.
Stephen Mark Darby is an English former professional footballer who last played for Bolton Wanderers as a right-back. Darby represented England at under-19 level. He was part of the Bradford team that reached the 2013 Football League Cup Final, made over 200 appearances for the club and captained the side for two seasons
Chris Rimmer is a former British Serviceman serving with the RAF. After spending the majority of his career at No2 Mechanical Transport Squadron at RAF Wittering and Joint Logistics Squadron at RAF Akrotiri, Cyprus, he went on to do contract work in Afghanistan as part of NATO, based in Kandahar and Mazar-i-sharif.
It was during his time in Afghanistan when the symptoms of MND started in early 2014.