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Mayor joins motor neurone disease calls

The Mayor and Mayoress of Durham, John and Cynthia Wilkinson meet members of the Sunderland Motor Neurone Disease Support Group at Durham Town Hall to sign the MND charter.

The Mayor and Mayoress of Durham, John and Cynthia Wilkinson meet members of the Sunderland Motor Neurone Disease Support Group at Durham Town Hall to sign the MND charter.

SUNDERLAND Motor Neurone Disease (MND) support group welcomed the support of the Mayor of Durham for a petition aimed at improving the treatment of sufferers.

Group member Dorothy Simpson wrote to a list of prominent people asking for support for the MND Association’s charter.

“I was delighted to receive an invitation from the Mayor of Durham to a meeting in the town hall,” said Dorothy.

“Most of our members are from Sunderland, but we do have two in Durham City after the Durham group folded.

“There’s no geographical boundary, the only important thing is sufferers and their carers receive the support they need.”

The mayor Coun John Wilkinson, said: “It was a pleasure to meet members of the group and to learn a bit more about this disease.

“I was aware that it can take years for it to be diagnosed which can deny people help in the early stages.

“Anything any of us can do to improve the position of MND sufferers is worthwhile.”

The Sunderland support group has collected more than 500 signatures for the charter.

The group meets on the third Wednesday of each month in the central library in Fawcett Street.

 

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