TRICIA Berryman, who lost her husband Jeff to MND, has raised more than $3800 to support others affected by the disease through MND Victoria.

Tricia took part in ‘Shut Up! For MND’, a unique way to bring attention to what many Victorians living with MND face on a daily basis by remaining silent for 12 hours.

Each MND journey is different, but a number of people will lose their voice and become reliant on other forms of communication.

All money raised through the challenge directly supports Victorians living with MND by funding the direct care, support and vital assistive equipment required to help them live better for longer.

MND is a progressive, degenerative disease which attacks the nerves that support movement, speech, swallowing and breathing. There is currently no known cause, treatment, or cure, and the average life expectancy after diagnosis is 27 months.

Last Thursday, October 28, Tricia took up the challenge to not speak a word for 12 hours.

But Tricia loves to talk.

“It was one of the hardest challenges,” she said on Friday.

However, Tricia’s determination and the need to prove her late husband wrong was the driving factor of remaining silent.

In November 2019, Tricia’s husband Jeff was diagnosed with MND. This came as a shock as Jeff had always been a fit, healthy and active man.

Through Jeff’s GP, he was placed in contact with MND Victoria who provided advice, devices and support over his 17-month journey.

Even after Jeff’s passing, MND Victoria remained in contact with Tricia to ensure that she was coping and being supported.

“I decided about four weeks ago that it was something I’d do – I’ll do anything for MND,” she said.

Tricia said 209 people took part in the challenge – raising around $103,000 in total – with Tricia’s fundraising efforts totalling $3831.

It was a bittersweet moment seeing the final amount.

“I’ve been blown away by the support,” she said.

“I was happy to raise $1000.

“I’d have him back tomorrow if I could, but this money will make other people’s journeys easier; what we do is for others.”

For more information about MND Victoria, go to mnd.org.au.