Community Relations

L.B. Foster Rail Technologies (UK) Ltd has chosen to support Motor Neurone Disease with our charitable activities.

Why Motor Neurone Disease (MND)

Motor Neurone Disease is a fatal condition for which there is no treatment and no cure. In the UK 35 people die from MND every week, and every week 35 people are diagnosed with MND. The average sufferer will live two years, only 10% will survive more than five years. The muscles waste away and the patients die from weakness and paralysis of their breathing muscles. Many doctors regard this condition as the worst disease in medicine.

MND was described by Charcot in 1869. Since then very little has been done.

Motor Neurone Disease is also known in some countries as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or as Lou Gehrig syndrome. In France it is called “La maladie de Charcot”

Figures show that between 1999 and 2004 6000 people died from MND, 4200 from HIV/AIDS and 92 from vCJD. During this time £33million was spent into vCJD, £45 million on HIV/AIDS and £8 million on MND.

'There is no worse disease than MND’

Dame Ciceley Saunders OMDBEFRCP, the founder of the modern hospice movement

Association with Sheffield

The University of Sheffield is one of the UK's leading universities. Professor Pam Shaw who is the Chair of Neuroscience has dedicated her career to the care of MND patients and to research aiming to discover the causes of and better therapies for this condition. She is considered one of the top MND specialists in the world.

This high profile status has led to the building of a state of the art research facility in Sheffield. The Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience (SITraN) is an essential development in the fight against motor neurone disease and other common neurodegenerative disorders of the motor system"

The Sheffield research team will dedicate its work to finding a cure for MND & we are proud to support their activities

Our Purpose

Improve the design and supply of products and services required to enhance the performance of rail networks