After 13 years with motor neurone disease, Mike Findley tells why he’s bowing out of public life

He’s battled motor neurone disease for 13 years and was once a pensioners’ champion – but a former Teesside mayor is now standing down from public life.

Councillor Mike Findley, MBE, of Marske , has raised thousands of pounds and raised awareness of MND since he was diagnosed on June 17, 2005.

At that time, he was informed that, in common with most MND patients, he may have just two to five years to live.

However, he went on to continue to serve as a councillor for the Longbeck ward in the Marske and New Marske area, as well as raising valuable funds for, and awareness of, MND.

Cllr Findley, originally from London, has raised more than £192,000 for MND research through The Mike Findley MND Fund and was awarded the MBE for his efforts. He served as a councillor from 2003 to 2011 and again from 2015 until now.

Mike Findley of Marske with wife Judith
Mike Findley of Marske with wife Judith (Image: Sent-in pic)

He said: “It is with deep regret and sadness that today I have informed the chief executive and monitoring officer of my decision to stand down as a local councillor due to ill health.

“I would like to thank fellow councillors, officers and staff for their kindness, help and support during my time as a councillor and I would also like to thank the people of Marske and New Marske for giving me the opportunity to represent them. It was an honour and a privilege.

“I’ve enjoyed being part of Redcar and Cleveland Council , especially my year as mayor in 2008-09.”

Cllr Findley explained he and his “very strong team” would continue to raise funds through The Mike Findley MND Fund.

Mike Findley of Marske receives his MBE from The Queen
Mike Findley of Marske receives his MBE from The Queen (Image: Sent-in pic)

He told The Gazette: “Obviously the decision was very difficult, as I’ve been representing people one way or another for around 50 years, but this time I need to put my family and myself first. I will continue to raise awareness and funds for MND, as I have a great team around me.”

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