A new initiative – Watch Your Back MND – that was set up by singer Roy Taylor and his son, Terence, was launched recently at an MND event at The Shelbourne Hotel.

Watch Your Back MND aims to raise awareness and funds for research into Motor Neurone Disease (MND), a life-changing condition that affects a person’s ability to live out a normal life.

Roy was a well-known singer on the Irish cabaret scene and represented Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1988 with his band, Jump The Gun.

Almost 30 years to the day of taking to the famed Eurovision stage, Roy was given the dreaded diagnosis of MND.

Of his diagnosis, he says: “I could have rolled into a ball, or rolled up my sleeves to do something about it, and the latter is what I decided to do.”

Terence has been instrumental in encouraging his father to roll up his sleeves. He says: “Dad has written and recorded a Big Band Swing song to spread positivity, and to show the true levels of optimism that now exists about beating this dreadful disease.”

The first fundraiser for Watch Your Back MND could not be more apt, as Olympic champion and Boxing World Champion Katie Taylor has donated her fight-worn gloves from her professional US debut in 2017.

The gloves are a very special piece of sporting history to help KO MND, and the €5,000 raised by Watch Your Back MND is being donated to Research Motor Neurone, a world leading MND research group led by Prof Orla Hardiman at Trinity College.

To make a donation and help support the initiative, see their website here.