Below is a short animation film showing why it is important to persuade the government to scrap the six month time limit for people with MND and other terminal illnesses before they can access benefits.
Ten people die every day while waiting for a decision on their benefit claim.
The ‘Scrap 6 Months’ animation films are inspired by real stories and facts. The characters, however, are fictitious and do not depict real people either living or dead.
The local association held its regular support meeting on Saturday 9th February at Thanington Neighbourhood Resource Centre Canterbury.
The meeting was well attended by those living with MND, their carers, association volunteers and friends.
We learnt about the role of Association Visitors, how they can support people with MND and their carers/families.
We also learnt about the role of a trustee of the national MND association. How it was important to support research via funding and to constantly highlight to MPs and the wider media the difficulties and frustration that people with MND have in accessing benefits.
Clive, the local association chairmen gave an update on monies recently raised. He also spoke about how the local association spent its funds.
One of the issues discussed was how to access priority services with the major utility companies, such as being able to have an emergency electrical supply during power cuts so that ventilators will still work.
A variety of homemade cakes were enjoyed by those present.