Inspirational MND Campaigner Gordon Aikman Dies, Aged 31

3 February 2017, 08:38

Gordon Aikman

Motor Neurone Disease campaigner Gordon Aikman has died, aged 31.

After he was diagnosed three years ago, he formed his Fightback campaign, and successfully lobbied Scotland's First Minister to double number of MND nurses.

He was awarded the British Empire Medal in the Queen's Birthday Honours in June 2015 for his campaigning work.

Gordon also kept a diary for LBC about how he was coping, and why he wanted to campaign:

He said: "It leads to your muscles wasting away all over your body. It means that soon I won't be able to walk, it will give me difficulty in how I talk, how I breathe, how I eat. It affects every aspect of my life.

"In the last few months, it has progressed very quickly. MND does. Half of people diagnosed with MND die within 14 months. It is rapid and you are powerless."

Many people on social media paid tribute to Gordon.

- Donate to Gordon's JustGiving page