Charlie Bird has thanks followers for their Christmas cards and messages, sharing his frustration at not being able to return written replies as his condition worsen.
Taking to Twitter, the journalist shared: “I am upset at present. I am receiving cards and messages from all over the country, but because of my health situation I can’t write written responses to everyone.”
However he was quick to share just how much these messages mean to him. Writing: “But I am uplifted by these lovely messages. I still want to extend the hand of friendship to all of you. Xxx”
In his last update on his on-going battle with Motor Neurone Disease, the journalist shared how he was struggling a lot more.
Citing particular difficulty with his limbs. Writing on Twitter: “I have been honest about my illness… people seeing me out walking think I am doing well.”
“But the harsh reality is my limbs are beginning to be affected now. But some incredible force is helping me to keep fighting on.”
“And extending the hand of friendship is my goal.”
In a video, the broadcaster explained further, how he was finding it tough at the minute, but was not giving up his philanthropy, hoping to help other.
Specifically mentioning his work with the Samaritans, revealing he will have a special lunch with the organisation on Friday.
Saying: “I’m not feeling great at present, but I do want to work as hard as possible to raise awareness for them. Hopefully this campaign will raise money for them, but the real purpose is to raise awareness.”
More info and donation options for the Samaritans here.