A DORCHESTER museum showed support as it lit up in the colours of a charity that supports people suffering with motor neurone disease.

The Keep Military Museum in Dorchester was lit up in the orange and blue colours of the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) on Sunday, October 6 to mark the 40th anniversary of the charity's foundation.

The charity is the only national charity in England, Wales and Northern Ireland focused on improving access to care, research and campaigning for those people living with or affected by this neurodegenerative disease.

Richard Sloan, Chair of the West Dorset Branch of the MNDA said: "Before interested patients, families and healthcare professionals came together in the midlands in 1979, there was little help or support available. Many doctors and nurses had no knowledge of the illness or what to do.

"Now, we raise awareness and money for the support of local people and for international research into the causes and treatments of the disease."

The Keep Curator, Laura Jayne Gardner, said: “We are delighted to be able to help the Association and show off the building in such a spectacular way.”

Chief executive Sally Light said on the Association’s 40th anniversary: "A huge thank you to everyone that has volunteered with us, served on our board, worked for us, fundraised for us or supported us in any way in that time.

"But mostly to those with MND and their families that inspire us every day and make us impatient to do even more."