A PLEDGE has been made to raise the profile of an illness which devastates lives.
Mayor Robert Heron and his wife mayoress Juliana Heron attended the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association’s Sunderland Support Group, where he signed the MND Association charter.
Its aim is to gain backing from people, and organisations, in working towards giving people with MND the right care at the right time.
Chris Noble, volunteer development co-ordinator for the charity, said: “We are delighted that the mayor signed the charter.
“It’s important to ensure people with MND have their rights respected, as well as their families, that is why we are urging people to sign the charter to help with our campaign.
“So far we have 10,900 signatures, and we want as many as possible.”
The event was held at Sunderland City Library and Arts Centre, where the group’s monthly meeting also take place.
“There are only 5,000 people in the country with MND,” said Chris. “We have always been a small number, and the important thing is that we are here to offer people help and advice. It would be nice to open more groups like this one – to keep going another 10 years would be fantastic.”