Ed Slater says he’ll ‘face this challenge head-on’ after MND diagnosis

Ed Slater says he will “take this challenge head on” after being diagnosed with motor neurone disease.

The 33 year old player Gloucester Lock announced his retirement from rugby effective immediately on Thursday.

Gloucester has created a Just give page to raise £20,000 for Slater and his family. That target was surpassed within hours of launch and on Friday afternoon stood at just under £44,000.

Slater, who has featured in several England teams and represented England Saxons, joined Gloucester in 2017 after seven years with Leicesterwhere he was club captain.

“I want to say thank you to everyone for all of your messages of support and generosity,” he said on Twitter.

“It gives me and my family enormous strength in a time of sadness for us.

“I will meet this challenge head-on. In the end, I can’t win but I will fight with everything. Hope is not lost.

“I also want to add a thank you to @JillADouglas and @MNDoddie5 who have been very supportive. I also want to thank @mndassoc.

“Both are working to fight this disease for me and all of my fellow MND fighters as well as our loved ones.”

Gloucester expressed their gratitude for the support received by the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

The foundation was set up by former Scottish and British and Irish Lions lock Doddie Weir, who revealed in June 2017 that he suffered from MND.

Ed Slater in action for Gloucester against Bristol (David Davies/PA)

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Weir was driven to help other sufferers and to seek ways to continue research into a still incurable disease.

Announcing Slater’s diagnosis on Thursday, Gloucester said: “After six months of testing, Ed’s diagnosis was confirmed last week and therefore with the support of his family, friends and Gloucester Rugby he will has made the difficult decision to retire from professional rugby with immediate effect.

“Everyone at Gloucester Rugby – players, management and staff – is fully committed to supporting Ed, his wife Jo and his three children in any way necessary.

“We know the same will be true for Gloucester and Leicester fans, and the wider rugby community.”

Ed Slater says he’ll ‘face this challenge head-on’ after MND diagnosis

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