Tewkesbury Borough Council has adopted a charter committing to work with the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) to help raise awareness with its staff and its partners in order to better support those living with the disease within the borough.
MND describes a group of diseases that affect the nerves (motor neurones) in the brain and spinal cord that tell your muscles what to do. With MND, messages from these nerves gradually stop reaching the muscles, leading them to weaken, stiffen and waste.
MND is life-shortening and there is no cure. Although the disease will progress, symptoms can be managed to help achieve the best possible quality of life.
MND affects up to 5,000 adults in the UK at any one time. This means it is considered a relatively rare disease. As such, general health and social care professionals may not see many cases of MND, so the council feel that it is important to engage with specialists in order to learn and help educate.
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 MNDA in raising awareness in our communities”
For more information on the charter and the MNDA: www.mndassociation.org