Viewers in tears after Countryfile shares story of father dying from motor neurone disease

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Viewers of BBC's Countryfile were left in tears on Sunday after the programme shared an emotional story of a young father dying from motor neurone disease.

Dad-of-four Simon Shilston was diagnosed with the debilitating and terminal disease two years ago and probably has just 18 months to live.

Simon Shilston and his wife
(BBC One/Countryfile)

Presenter Matt Baker shared the story of the family from Surrey as a launchpad for Countryfile's annual ramble weekend.

The charity walk helps suffering people, like the Shilstons, by raising money for Children in Need.

The family's story touched viewers - with one Twitter user admitting to getting "dust in their eye".

It also motivated those who have had experience with the disease to get involved in the charity ramble.