Farleigh Hospice has launched a project to help people living with motor neurone disease.

Studio 6 in Witham is part of the Voice Banking scheme which allows a person to record a set list of phrases while they still can.

Motor neurone disease the brain and nerves, and causes weakness which gets worse over time.

When the person can no longer speak, they can use a personal synthetic voice to communicate.

Jane White is one of the first on the scheme. She said: “When I was first diagnosed, I knew it may affect my speech, so I asked to see a speech therapist and they suggested Voice Banking.

“My friend Michael runs Studio 6 in Witham and he kindly agreed to help me.

“We recorded ten sample sentences, then we went on to record 1,200 sentences.

“The MND association cover all the costs of Voice Banking, including studio time, so there are no financial barriers.”

For more information on Farleigh Hospice and the services it provides visit farleighhospice.org.