Nia Griffith MP was delighted to attend a reception in Westminster last week hosted by the Motor Neurone Disease Association to mark MND Awareness Month, where she met John Prosser, a local MND campaigner from Llanelli and heard ITV Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins talk very movingly about the death of her father from MND, and about the impact of this devastating disease on sufferers and their families.
More than 130 volunteers from across England, Wales and Northern Ireland attended the event in Westminster.Earlier the same day the Chief Executive of the MND Association Sally Light and Association Patron and ITV Good Morning Britain presenter Charlotte Hawkins were joined by people affected by MND to hand in a petition to Downing Street. The MND Charter, signed by more than 33,500, calls for the right care, in the right place at the right time for people with MND and their carers.
Commenting on the event, Nia Griffith MP said,
“I would like to thank the MND association for all their work, as it is really important to raise awareness about Motor Neurone Disease because when this disease hits someone, their needs are very complex, and change rapidly so it is vital that there is excellent co-ordination between all the services involved, in order to provide the support to patients and families that they require. We also need more research to understand this disease, why for example it is more prevalent in some areas than others and what can be done about it.”
John Prosser from Llanelli, who works for Admiral Insurance and campaigns on behalf of the MND charity in his spare time, said,
“It was fantastic to see such a small charity so well supported. I’d like to thank my local MP Nia Griffith who was one of the first to sign the MND charter and had been very supportive to the charity for many years.”