60 councils have now pledged to Champion the Charter
South Norfolk Council recently became the 60th Council to adopt the MND Charter, joining Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council, Hampshire County Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council who have also adopted the Charter in recent weeks. County Durham Health and Wellbeing Board, who adopted the MND Charter earlier this year, have also been celebrating this achievement.
South Norfolk Council
On Monday 11 December, South Norfolk Council became the 60th council to adopt the MND Charter, and pledge to help influence positively the lives of people living with MND in their community.
Norfolk, Norwich & Waveney branch members attended the council meeting, where South Norfolk Council voted unanimously to adopt the MND Charter, giving a great message of support for people affected by the disease.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council pledged to adopt the MND Charter on 26 October 2017, during a full council meeting.
A motion was moved by Cllr Kerri Carruthers and seconded by Cllr Rob Golding for the council to adopt the Charter, and commit to ensuring services are delivered in accordance with it.
Hampshire County Council
Hampshire County Council also became one of the most recent to adopt the MND Charter, following over a year of campaigning by one of our Campaigns Contact volunteers, Helen Warren.
Helen initially attended a meeting with Cllrs Liz Fairhurst (Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health) and Cllr Patricia Stallard (Executive Member for Public Health) in September 2016 to share her personal experience of losing her father to MND, and the desire for her County Council to adopt the MND Charter.
Helen was then invited to present a deputation to full council on 20th July 2017, which was received well by all parties in the council chamber.
On 23rd November, the decision was taken by councillors to support and endorse the principles set out in the MND Charter.
Tewkesbury Borough Council
On 4 December, Tewkesbury Borough Council agreed to adopt the Charter in order to help raise awareness of MND, and to better support those living with the disease within the borough.
Cllr Julie Greening, lead member for health and wellbeing stated
“I am delighted our council has agreed to adopt the MND charter. 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. We are committed to supporting the MND Association in raising awareness in our communities.”
Post-adoption activities in Durham
Earlier this year, the County Durham Health and Wellbeing Board adopted the MND Charter.
To celebrate this achievement, members of the board were presented with the adoption certificate by MND Association volunteers before the last meeting of the Health and Wellbeing Board.
Volunteers also presented councillors with resources on the MND Charter, and with further information about MND.
These successes have been due to the hard work and perseverance of our Campaigns Contact volunteers and Association Branch and Group volunteers. If you’d like to find out more about our campaigning work and how to get involved, please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you’d like to update us on the progress of a Charter adoption in your area, or are interested in pursuing a Charter adoption for a council in your area, please get in touch with our local campaigning team.