Scott and Louise July 2008

Scott was a 35-year-old former semi-professional footballer who represented numerous North East clubs and at his height was representing Blyth Spartans in the Conference North.

In April 2009 Scott began to feel prolonged calf tightness and as these symptoms worsened he had to retire.

What followed were numerous hospital and doctors’ appointments, culminating in a visit to a Motor Neurone Disease (MND) specialist in May 2011 who confirmed the diagnosis.

With great sadness, Scott passed away on 6th October 2013 after heroically fighting MND for two and a half years. He leaves behind a huge gap in all our lives, particularily for his wife Louise and their young son Elliot.

Following his diagnosis, Scott was set on bringing more attention to his condition and raising money to contribute to on-going research, which is currently looking at the causes of the condition and ultimately a cure.

MND is a rare condition with a very small public profile, which explains why pharmaceutical companies are reluctant to invest the money needed to help find a cure as it may not be in their financial interests.

This is why Scott’s family and friends vow to continue running the fund and fundraising for it; to raise both money for research and awareness of the condition.

The fund will still donate 50% of donate all profits to the Motor Neurone Disease Association. The other 50% will now be used to help local (North-East) sufferers of Motor Neurone Disease. If you know of anyone with MND that might need financial help for equipment or adaptations to their home please get in touch and we might be able to help. Please email

We would like to thank those that have contributed to the fund so far. Anyone who would like to organise any events would be very welcomed and your efforts very much appreciated. Please visit the Fundraising page for guidance.

Scott Bell Fund