Northampton to sign Charter to support people diagnosed with terminal illness

Published: Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Northampton Borough Council has voted to sign the Motor Neurone Disease Charter to ensure that people living with the disease, as well as the people who care for them, can access the support they need

The charter was created by the Motor Neurone Disease Association to raise awareness of the terminal condition that kills almost a third of people within 12 months of diagnosis. The charity places emphasis on the right to be treated as an individual, the right to maximise quality of life and the right to be respected and well-supported and has approached councils across the UK for their backing.

Scott Maloney at the Motor Neurone Disease Association, said: “I’m delighted that Northampton Borough Council has adopted the MND Charter. The MND Association was established in Northamptonshire in 1979 by a group of volunteers who wanted to support people affected by this devastating disease, and volunteers still play a crucial role in our work today. It’s great to see our hometown adopt the Charter and commit to playing its part in raising awareness and delivering services for people living with MND and their carers locally.”

Councillor Anna King, cabinet member for community safety and engagement, said: “We want everyone who calls Northampton home to have access to quality services that allow them to make the most of life. Motor Neurone Disease progresses incredibly quickly so it’s important that the right support is available to people when they are diagnosed.

“While the borough council doesn’t commission care and support services, we can help in other ways by raising awareness of the disease and educating our staff. Our first step will be to host an awareness event later in the year which we’ll promote the details of closer to the time.”