WIRRAL Council has agreed to adopt the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Charter in support of local people and carers living with the disease.
MND is a rapidly progressing condition that can leave people locked in a failing body, unable to move, talk and eventually breathe. It kills around a third of people within a year of diagnosis, and more than half within two years. There is no cure.
The MND Charter was launched to raise awareness of this little understood disease, and ensure that people receive the care and support they need.
Councils who adopt the MND Charter pledge to influence positively the lives of people living with MND in their community.
Mayor of Wirral, Cllr Pat Hackett, who hosted a reception at Wallasey Town Hall for local MND campaigners said: ‘Together we can make a difference to people with MND and their carers.
‘I am delighted our council has agreed to adopt the charter and we’ll work to raise awareness where we can. It is vital that more people are aware of the needs of people with MND so those living with this devastating disease can maximise their quality of life.’
Debbie Williams of Wirral Motor Neurone Disease Association, said: ‘It’s great to know that people with MND and those who support them have the backing of the council. There are many people, volunteers as well as health and social care professionals, working hard locally to make sure they get the right care in the right place, at the right time. ‘
Alun Owen, Chair of the MND Association, lives in Merseyside, and attended the reception. He said: ‘The importance of the MND Charter is undeniable. We want everyone to be clear that access to the right care, in the right place, at the right time, as set out in our charter, can transform lives.’
For further information please visit www.mndassociation.org/mndcharter.