STAFF and customers at a Renfrewshire railway station have coined in a whopping £10,000 for a worthy cause.

A host of fundraising activities have been taking place at Johnstone station in aid of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Scotland, which has been ScotRail’s official charity partner since 2017.

Sponsored step challenges, fancy dress days and music gigs helped staff reach a total of £10,325 in donations.

Susan Temple, who works for ScotRail at the station’s ticket office, has thanked commuters for contributing to the fundraising total.

She told The Gazette: “We’re absolutely thrilled to have raised more than £10,000 for this great cause but raising awareness about this terrible disease is just as important as raising funds.

“It’s been a real team effort and we couldn’t have done it would the support of our local community, including Provost Lorraine Cameron, who has had personal experience with MND.”

In an effort to raise further cash for MND Scotland this year, Susan dressed up as a different entertainer every day at work for a full week.

“I had this mad week of dressing up as people such as Boy George and someone from the old Hi-de-Hi! television show,” said the 56-year-old gran-of-two.

“A lot of people thought my Hi-de-Hi! costume was the new ScotRail uniform, with somebody commenting that it was awfully bright.”

The money raised by the train station team will help MND Scotland fund more research in a bid to find a cure for the rapidly progressing terminal illness, which prevents signals from the brain reaching the muscles.

This can cause sufferers to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or breathe unaided.

Morag McGown, corporate partnerships manager at MND Scotland, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the incredible generosity of staff and customers at Johnstone station.

“Without fundraisers like this, we simply wouldn’t be able to continue providing life-changing support to families living with MND in Scotland right now or fund the ground-breaking research which is taking us closer to a cure.

“This year is MND Scotland’s 40th anniversary and everyone has gone above and beyond to support the cause, particularly when times are so hard for many.”

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