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.
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”.
Anyone else got a bit of dust in their eye? These children are so mature and brave, they're breaking my heart! #countryfile— LYD 🎠 (@whatlyddid) September 11, 2016
#countryfile What a brave, brave family. Can't imagine what it must be like for children to watch their daddy slowly dying! Heart-wrenching!— Allen Cummings (@AllenCummings6) September 11, 2016
It also motivated those who have had experience with the disease to get involved in the charity ramble.
@BBCCountryfile My mum has MND, i was really touched by the programme tonight and have applied for the Lake District ramble. Fingers Crossed— Dave Muir (@DaveMLY) September 11, 2016