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A dying man has dedicated a series of videos to his three year old daughter, so that he can be there for her as she grows up.

Ian Pratt, 44, who has motor nurone disease, has recorded a series of heartbreaking videos for his daughter Georgiana (or George), who is currently three and a half years old.

In an interview with the Daily Mail, he spoke about how he came up with the idea for the videos. "It occurred to me that I have no recordings of my father, who died ten years ago, and it’s difficult to recall what he sounded like. Even with photographs, memories fade. So for George, I wanted something she could look back on when she needed to hear me because I’m not going to be around for her."

Ian is expected to survive for another year, but the disease ravages the central nervous system, meaning that sufferers slowly lose mobility and even the ability to speak, so, tragically, he may not be able to communicate with his daughter at the end of his life.

Ian, his wife Catherine and Georgiana at her christening

He was diagnosed with the disease in 2012, after suffering painful cramps and weight loss. Since then, Ian has been raising awareness of MND, with a Facebook page and a dedicated group of friends arranging sponsored swims and runs to raise money for the MND Association.

But he says one of the most difficult parts of facing up to the disease is knowing that he won't be around to see his little girl grow up.

His videos give all the fatherly advice a little girl could wish for - from talking to boys, looking after her mum, and getting a job, to being sensible with money.

Ian told the Mail "I’ve worked in finance all my life and I’ve seen how much trouble people can get into with stupid pay-day loans and credit cards.

"So, I’ve shown her how to draw up a budget and given her advice, such as freezing her credit card in a block of ice if she ever gets into financial trouble, so she has time to think about a purchase as the ice melts."

There is no known cure for MND currently, and the MND Association works to raise awareness of the disease and increase research into its causes and possible treatments for sufferers.

Ian says "first and foremost I am a husband and father, living with MND is my second priority in life and something I spend as little time as possible thinking about when I am less busy with the first two."

He admits "the thing I miss the most is being able to pick up my little girl when she needs a hug." But his touching videos will provide the emotional support she needs in years to come.

To learn more about motor nurone disease, visit mndassociation.org, and to donate to Ian's team, go to justgiving.com

Images: Facebook, Twitter

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