Briggs meets local Motor Neurone Disease patients at MND Scotland event
On Global MND Awareness Day, the 21st June, Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative MSP for Lothian and the Shadow Minister for Public & Mental Health, attended MND Scotland’s reception at the Scottish Parliament.
Miles had the opportunity to meet people from Lothian who are affected by Motor Neurone Disease (MND), to discuss issues that are important to them. MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness, which stops signals from the brain reaching the muscles. This may cause someone to lose the ability to walk, talk, eat, drink or breathe unaided.
Speaking today Miles, who has previously urged the Scottish Government to invest more to support health services for MND patients, said:
“ I commend the important role of MND Scotland in providing care and support to people affected by the illness as well as funding cutting edge research to try and find a cure. This research is vital.
“ I was delighted to support MND Scotland’s efforts during Awareness Week, to raise the profile of MND and the important work of the charity. It is really important for MSPs to hear first-hand how we can help make a difference to improve the lives of those affected by MND in Lothian.”
MND Scotland Chief Executive Craig Stockton said:
“MND is a rapidly progressing terminal illness with no effective treatment and no cure. During MND Awareness Week 2017 we want to increase public awareness and understanding of MND. It is so important that MSPs understand how they can help those affected by this devastating disease now and in the future.
“Funding for MND research also continues to be a priority for MND Scotland. I am delighted to announce we are investing a further £583,000 into four new research projects, which will take us one step closer to finding a cure for this cruel disease. With your support we can do more! Text CUREMND to 70660 to donate £5 to MND Scotland.
“Join the MND fight today and help us create a world without MND tomorrow.”