What is the Darby Rimmer MND Foundation?

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 Darby

After playing professional football since the age of 17, on the 12th September 2018, I was forced to retire at the age of 29 after being given the diagnosis of motor neurone disease (MND). At the time of my diagnosis, I was still playing football at Bolton Wanderers and training every day

Chris Rimmer

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.

Vision of the Foundation


One of the aims of the foundation is to raise awareness of motor neuron disease. Raising awareness is key to educating people about the disease and what the disease entails. By reaching out to people and creating more awareness will help us along our journey to support those living with MND


The money raised from fundraisers and events and money donated to the foundation will enable us to distribute funds to individuals and families through grant support. This can be applied for using the grant form on the website. This will allow us to support and improve the lives of those with MND. The support is not just financial but to also provide experiences and a support network from others living with MND.


at the moment there is no effective treatment and no cure for MND. Our aim as a foundation and with your support is to donate money towards research to help find a treatment and a cure for MND.
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A third of people diagnosed will die within a year and half within 2 years.

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The Foundation on Instagram

RIP David. Our friend and patron. Thinking of your family today ❤️ ...

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Don’t miss out!

A fantastic fundraising evening of entertainment with Peter Crouch @23_carra #lfc
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‪A quick reminder that you can donate to @DarbyRimmerMND via your mobile phone 📱 ‬ ‪Please text ‘MND’ to 70533 to donate £3. Every pound really makes a difference. Please RT & share to help us #AttackMND ‬ ...

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A big thank you to @23_carra who recently met with Chris to show his support for the Foundation 👏🏻 ...

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‪A big thanks to Mark, Chris & James seen here presenting a cheque to Stephen from money raised at the Salisbury walking football tournament. A whopping £5250 in total and we cannot thank you enough ⚽️🚶🏻‍♂️ ‬
‪#AttackMND ‬

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If you like Whisky 🥃 you’ll love this!
See below for info👇🏻

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The good news keeps on coming!
A huge thank you to @robbiewarrilow & his kids (more probably his kids😉) Thomas & Grace who raised £500 from a collection on the coach to the @bcafcofficial v @liverpoolfc game raising a fantastic £500
This money will make a huge difference!

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We’ve had some amazing & humbling correspondence since launching our social media accounts recently but felt compelled to share this from Dougal Campbell 👏🏻
Thank you so much for your support Dougal, it really means a lot!

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We’re in the process of finalising our website, contact details & ways to donate.
Thank you already for the many kind contributions. For now please use the following link to donate https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/distance-for-darbs-fundraiser

Meanwhile, what an incredible donation from @jamesmilnerofficial @thejamesmilnerfoundation already👏🏻
#lfc #bcafc #bwfc #mnd #attackmnd

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What a day yesterday was!👏🏻 We’re delighted that the foundation is up & running which will allow us to make a positive impact on MND.
To raise awareness, offer support & enable us to donate towards research to find a cure.
Please share & follow for news, video & updates.

Thank you!

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