So much of our care and support work has always relied on face to face contact. When lockdown began, and people’s needs both changed, we had to adapt our ways of working almost overnight.
Sometimes it takes a moment of crisis to discover how amazing people can be. At the MND Association it’s been all hands on deck to make sure that we can support people through the lockdown.
From the hundreds of volunteers who put their hands up to help, to the staff from across the Association jumping on the phones to call as many people with MND as we could reach – it’s been a challenging but encouraging time.
Thanks to people like you, thousands of people with MND have been supported in the last few weeks, including Jane who received a carers grant during the pandemic.
Jane has loved riding horses her whole life. But since her beloved husband Garry was diagnosed with MND in 2018, her passion for all things equestrian has taken a back seat.
Like many caring for a loved one, Jane’s mental health had taken a hit. And when Garry contracted coronavirus in March, things took a turn for the worse.
To help Jane cope, we awarded her a grant for some riding lessons – and that’s all thanks to you. Jane is hoping she will be back in the saddle as soon as lockdown is lifted. And she couldn’t be happier:
This grant is life changing for me. I'm chomping at the bit to get going. I'm now looking forward to the future. It's done me no end of good.