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


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

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.