Stephen Hawkings backs ice bucket challenge

Physicist Stephen Hawking has become the latest celebrity to take part in the ice bucket challenge craze.

Loading Comments
Share
Print

The Cambridge academic - who himself has Motor Neurone Disease - said he was keen to support the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) by taking part.

But due to his health, he avoided a drenching by convincing his children to take his place.

In a video posted on YouTube, Prof Hawking said: "Because I had pneumonia last year, it would not be wise for me to have a bucket of cold water poured over me.

"But my children, Robert, Lucy and Tim, gallantly volunteered to take the challenge for me.

"I urge you to donate to the MNDA, to eliminate this terrible disease."

He went on to nominate his own victims including Lord Sainsbury, the University of Cambridge chancellor, and its vice-chancellor professor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.

The internet craze has seen thousands of people post videos of themselves having icy water poured over them in aid of the charity.

The MNDA said it had now raised £2 million through ice bucket challenge donations.

A spokesman added: "The response has been truly phenomenal and is still continuing, raising an unprecedented amount of money that will have a huge impact on the work we can do on this poorly understood but devastating disease and also raising awareness across the UK and the world."

Prof Hawking, most famous for his book A Brief History Of Time, is almost completely paralysed due to a Motor Neurone Disease related to amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

He was diagnosed at the age of 21 while studying at Cambridge and at the time was given a life expectancy of two years.

Despite the progression of his illness, which has resulted in him speaking through a computer in his now trademark voice, the 72-year-old is recognised as one of the greatest minds in physics and astronomy in the world.

Education

Commenting & Moderation

We moderate all comments on Evening Times on either a pre-moderated or post-moderated basis. If you're a relatively new user then your comments will be reviewed before publication and if we know you well and trust you then your comments will be subject to moderation only if other users or the moderators believe you've broken the rules

Moderation is undertaken full-time 9am-6pm on weekdays, and on a part-time basis outwith those hours. Please be patient if your posts are not approved instantly.

178098

Have you got a story?

Contact the news desk on 0141 302 6520 or email news@eveningtimes.co.uk
Janice Bell

Janice Bell

You Couldn't Make This Up

The secret world of the wheelie bin.

Times Out

Entertainment

Lifestyle

TV Advert
Michelle McManus

Michelle McManus

Columnist Michelle McManus is Sussed in the City, and loves to chat about anything and everything.

A weekly round up of social highlights

A weekly round up of social highlights

Cat's Eyes on Glasgow

I get my cheer on for Scotland’s euro qualifiers, sweat in bikram yoga and head to an enchanted forest.

Gail’s Gab

Gail’s Gab

Gail Sheridan is a mother-of-one and wife to Tommy and she likes to get political with the hot topic of the week in her column Gail’s Gab.