• International MND fundraiser raises over £120,000 with more to come 
  • Event supported by Professor Stephen Hawkins and actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Eddie Redmayne 

A 43-year-old man who has advanced motor neurone disease (MND) affecting his ability to use his arms, legs and voice was among 320 swimmers who took part in the inaugural London City Swim at the weekend to raise money towards research and awareness in aid of MND.

Jan Kramer, from Rotterdam, the Netherlands, was one of the affected and able bodied competitors who took part in the series of 500m races at the Royal Victoria Dock – and swimming with a team of helpers, Jan finished in a time of 22 minutes 8 seconds.