MND Carers take their case to Westminster

Carers of people with motor neurone disease (MND) travelled to Parliament during Carers Week (10-16 June) to raise awareness of caring.

Dianne Hepburn from Norfolk and Richard Webb from Cheshire spoke to MPs about their experiences of caring for their spouses, the challenges they face and what the Government should do to better support carers.

Dianne Hepburn, Justin Tomlinson MP, Richard Webb
(l-r) Dianne Hepburn, Justin Tomlinson MP, Richard Webb

 

The event was organised by Carers UK as part of a range of events to mark Carers Week.  The MND Association was one of five charities to take part in the event, which attracted over 90 MPs.

Dianne said:

“I lost by husband to MND last year and feel carers don’t get the recognition and support they need.  I was delighted to be asked to represent the MND Association at this event and was really pleased my MP Sir Henry Bellingham attended”.

Richard said:

“I’m caring for my wife Kath who has MND and am one of the 6.5 million unpaid carers in the UK.  I spoke to MPs about the challenges of caring and what the Government should do to help carers continue to carry out their vital role”.

We also spoke to MPs about the urgent need to publish the green paper on social care and the need to increase Carer’s Allowance.

To find out more about the support available to carers visit our carers pages.

You can also visit the Carers Week website.

For further information and support contact our MND Connect helpline

mndconnect 0808 802 6262