Daily Archives: February 7, 2018

Carers Strategy Petition

Carers were asked to contribute to a call for evidence for a Carers Strategy in early 2016. Many carers and carers organisations filled in the questionnaire and wrote reports on the issues for carers and how to solve them.

Katy Styles, Rosie Duffield MP and Judy Keay at MNDA Parliamentary Reception

Everyone expected the Carers Strategy to be published at the end of 2016. We waited throughout 2017. An election happened. The Minister changed. We continued to wait. By October I decided that I needed to do something to get government talking about the Carers Strategy again. I was quoted twice in parliament as being very annoyed that carers were still waiting and our voices were unheard. The Minister then made an announcement in November that there would be an Action Plan. That Action Plan was due in January. It never came. We were on our next Minister.

I created a petition on the Government’s own petition website to get Government to publish the Carers Strategy. I even took an online course with UK Parliament to learn how to do this. My petition went up on the website on 22nd January. It runs for 6 months. To get a response from Government I need 10,000 signatures. To get a debate I need 100,000 signatures. But no matter how many signatures this petition attracts it has got people discussing carers and the lack of a properly thought through strategy.

So far Kent Carer Support Organisations have supported this petition through their networks, as have many other carers organisations throughout the country.

Have your say

MPs have shared the petition on social media and there have been messages of support and encouragement.

Why did I do this? As someone who meets many carers it struck me how few knew their rights, few identified themselves as carers and few were claiming benefits they were entitled to. A proper strategy should address these issues.

If you feel you can support this, please click on the link and sign up and share. Thank you.
https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/209717

Katy Styles – Carer, MNDA Trustee and MNDA East Kent

Tom Harling – London Landmarks Half Marathon

Tom Harling is running  the London Landmarks Half Marathon.  Tom is hoping to  raise £1,000 to be shared between the Motor Neurone Disease Association (MNDA) in East Kent and my friend John Rawlins who is suffering with it. The funds raised will be shared 50/50.

In Tom’s words

“A good friend of mine, John Rawlins was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND)and this lead to him having to give up work around a year ago now. The disease is similar to the ‘Stephen Hawking thing’ and there is no cure.

………………….Tom Harling……….. John Rawlins………

John worked all his life on building sites as a digger driver from Westgate, and been a good friend of mine for the best part of 10 years. I am running the London Landmarks Half Marathon on 25th March 2018 and am looking for sponsorship through JustGiving.com/crowdfunding/tomharlinghalfmarathon to raise money to split 50/50 between the MNDA East Kent charity and John to help pay for adaptions to his home which he now needs to improve mobility and accessibility.

John , and the MNDA are aware that I’m doing this. John is an absolute legend of a man who despite all this has managed to keep his sense of humour and comical outlook on life.

Thanks for taking the time to read this. And thanks in advance for your donations and support.”

Tom