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Amanda Kopel Winner of No.1 Amazing Women Awards

News Release Miles Briggs MSP:

Amanda Kopel Winner of No.1 Amazing Women Awards

Amanda Kopel, who started the Frank’s Law campaign, has won the No1 Amazing Women Awards.

Frank’s Law gives free personal care for people under 65, who are currently not eligible to free personal care, because it is only available to people who are 65 of over.

Currently people under 65 who have conditions such as dementia, motor neurone disease, Parkinson's, multiple sclerosis and cancer have to pay for their own personal care.

The Scottish Government, which initially opposed the access of under 65’s to free personal care, agreed in September to implement the Frank’s Law in 2019.

Amanda’s husbandd Frank, who gave his name to the campaign, passed away three years ago having been diagnosed with dementia at the age of 59.

Miles Briggs comments:

“This Award is thoroughly deserved by Amanda for all of her hard work and perseverance on the Frank’s Law Campaign.

“Without Amanda there would be no Frank’s Law and Scots across the country who are under 65 and in need of personal care would not have access to it.

“Frank’s Law is not due to be implemented until next year, but I am committed to working with Amanda to ensure that this vital legislation for people under 65 is realised.”      

Amanda Kopel comments:

“No disease, disability or condition waits until you’re 65  and dementia came to our door like a thief in the night.

“There definitely has been times I’ve felt like giving up.

“But this was something I never envisaged I would have to go through and because of the pain the disease caused, I want to see it through.

“If ever I feel like giving up, I just have to look at pictures of Frankie, which I have dotted all around the house.”

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Miles Briggs