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Council hears voice of people with motor neurone disease

Cllr Peter Thornton with MND charter

Cumbria County Council has agreed to adopt the motor neurone disease (MND) Charter in support of local people living with this terminal disease and their carers.

MND is a fatal, rapidly progressing disease 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.

Unfortunately, MND is still little understood and this contributes to many people with the disease not receiving the care and support they need.  The MND Charter was launched to change this.

Councillor Peter Thornton, Cabinet Member for Health & Care Services, said: “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 and die with dignity.”

Chris James, Director of External Affairs for the MND Association, 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.”

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