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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