The Ice Bucket Challenge is a viral campaign where participants are challenged to throw a bucket of ice water over their heads before passing the challenge on to 3 other people who must accept the challenge within 24 hours. The campaign aims to raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease and much-needed funds for the charity that supports it.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord.
There is no cure but the MND Assocation funds and promotes research that leads to new understanding and treatments, and brings us closer to a cure for MND. We also provide services to support people living with, or affected by, MND.
Sadiq is a patron for South London MND Association Group. The group is entirely volunteer run and works hard to provide the best possible support for local people with MND, their families and their carers.
(Sadiq with Evelyn and Sarah from South London MND).
After receiving two nominations from Emma and Evelyn at South London MND, Sadiq Khan accepted the Ice Bucket Challenge. Click here to read a piece by Sadiq for The Staggers on why he was happy to accept the challenge.
He paid his £5 donation and on Tuesday 26th August, at 5pm, outside Tooting Broadway Station, Sadiq took on the challenge.
Click here to view the video.
Sadiq nominated Wolfie Smith himself, Robert Lindsay, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling and London Mayor, Boris Johnson.
Sadiq Khan MP said:
“Like everyone else, I have been watching people take part in the Ice Bucket Challenge over the last couple of weeks. I was desperately hoping I didn’t get a nomination! But when I received the nomination from the team at South London MND, I just couldn’t say no. As a long term supporter, and patron of the charity, I have seen first-hand the fantastic work they do supporting local people with Motor Neurone Disease. I’m happy to do what I can to help raise awareness of the disease the charities working hard to support those affected by it.
“Whilst I can’t say I enjoyed the Ice Bucket Challenge, I hope it helps raise much-needed funds for a good cause. Show your support for the MND Association by texting ICED55 £5 to 70070.
“I hope Robert Lindsay, Chris Grayling and Boris Johnson accept my challenge!”
Evelyn, South London MND volunteer said:
“When I took on the Ice Bucket Challenge, I knew I had to nominate our South London MND patron and local MP, Sadiq Khan.
“It has been great to see him be such a good sport and agree to have buckets of ice thrown over him – he even let me throw the first one! Not only that, but he has helped to raise awareness and important funds for the charity. Thank you!”