Over 75 councils have now adopted the MND Charter
Over the last few months our volunteers have been working hard to get their local councils to adopt the MND Charter as part of our Champion The Charter campaign, and have now reached a total of 76 councils!
Adopting the Charter is the first step in building a relationship with councils so we can work together to ensure people with MND get the right care, in the right place, at the right time.
Here are some of the most recent MND Charter adoptions. You can see whether your council has adopted and keep up to date with the total number of adoptions using our map.
Valerie Wood, who cares for her husband who is living with MND, brought forward the MND Charter to be adopted by Doncaster Council on the 2 July.
“It is excellent that Doncaster Council have taken this first step of signing the Charter. MND has a huge impact on both the person affected and their family/carers and it is vital that work continues to diagnose the condition as soon as possible.”
Hartlepool Borough Council
On 12 July, Hartlepool Borough Council’s Adult Services Committee unanimously agreed to adopt the MND Charter.
Sandra Hamilton, whose husband Brian had MND and passed away just 11 months after diagnosis, brought forward the MND Charter to the council.
Councillor Stephen Thomas, Chair of the Adult Services Committee, said:
“This Charter will be of enormous benefit to those people with MND and their families.
“Because of the rapid nature of the disease, it’s vital that people who develop it receive the best possible care and support and the earliest possible diagnosis, and the Charter guarantees that.
“We have been working very closely with the MND Association and with local people with MND and their families and we have already put in place a designated social worker who will help them with social and emotional support and personal care.
- Find out more: Read more from Councillor Stephen Thomas and Sandra Hamilton in the Hartlepool Borough Council news story.
Cambridgeshire County Council
Cambridgeshire County Council became the 75th Council to adopt the MND Charter on 17 July at a full council meeting, supported by the Cambridgeshire Branch. The motion was led by Councillor Amanda Taylor.
Councillor Anna Bailey said about 30 per cent of people diagnosed with motor neurone disease died within months of their diagnosis.
“Timely diagnosis is clearly important and, while that might not be totally within our power, the council does have power to scrutinise the NHS. We can ask what they are doing to make sure the charter is supported within their system.”
- Find out more: Read more from Councillor Anna Bailey in Royston Crow article.
- You can also watch a YouTube recording of the full council meeting.
Breckland District Council
On 24 July, Sue Heal who is a Campaigns Contact volunteer at the Norwich and Waveney Branch, achieved another Charter adoption in her area.
Councillors of Breckland Council voted to support the MND Charter and pledged to improve understanding and care in the local area.
Sue is pictured above with Councillor Paul Claussen, Breckland Council’s health lead, and Councillor Borrett, Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board.
- Find out more: Read the documentation.