Renfrewshire's Provost will be raising funds and awareness for MND Scotland throughout the year.

Provost Lorraine Cameron's interest in supporting the charity has a personal side after she lost her mum to MND in 2011.

She said: “MND Scotland is a charity very close to my heart.

“They are the only charity in Scotland providing direct support to those affected by an MND diagnosis and their families and are funded entirely by donations and grants.

“MND is still relatively misunderstood in the community and it’s so important we also continue raising awareness of the disease and the support that is available, not just nationwide but right here in Renfrewshire.”

MND Scotland was founded as the Scottish Motor Neurone Disease Association in 1981 by John Macleod, a Strathclyde police officer, and his wife Peigi.

It supports approximately 450 people in Scotland by offering services such as benefits advice, equipment loans, counselling, advocacy, and a grants programme.

On average, almost 200 people receive an MND diagnosis each year, with around 30 per cent of those diagnosed will die within one year.

Jonathan Mitchell, head of fundraising at MND Scotland, said: “We are so grateful to Provost Cameron for offering her support throughout this year."