A tribute to Ken Hylton

It is with sadness that we report the passing of Ken Hylton who was the honorary president of the Tyne and Wear Branch for many years.

Ken with Lady Mayoress of Newcastle – Sept 2004

An inspiration to everyone at the Branch, Ken volunteered for over 30 years, only stepping down at the grand age 92! He held many different roles on the committee during that time, including Vice Chair, Chair, and Treasurer.

Ken was always actively involved, from attending committee meetings, giving a listening ear at support meetings, and holding buckets at street collections, to, until recently, assisting at the MND Association’s reception tent for runners at the end of the Great North Run.

At the Great North Run – Sept 2004

In his mid-eighties he even courageously took part in the branch abseil event, joining hundreds of other much younger participants making the hair-raising descent down the outside of the Malmaison Hotel in the centre of Newcastle.

Abseiling down the Malmaison Hotel – April 2004

As well as being Branch President, Ken had the unique additional title of Ambassador at Large. Both titles were officially conferred on him by the then CEO of the MND Association, at a meeting arranged for that purpose, in recognition of his very special qualities.

Kirstine Knox presents award to Ken – Nov 2005

In his role as Ambassador, Ken has personally attended many a cheque presentation on the Branch’s behalf, always following up the event with a handwritten letter of gratitude.

Ken greeting C2C cyclists in Sunderland – May 2004

Ken became involved with the branch when his wife Peggy was diagnosed with MND. Ken stated, “I felt it a sense of duty to help because everybody is directly and indirectly affected by this awful disease”.

We would like to like to pass on our sincere condolences to his family at this very sad time.

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