Council supports Motor Neurone disease awareness day

On Motor Neurone Disease Awareness Day (21st June) Stockport Town Hall will be glowing blue and orange in the evening in support of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Motor neurone disease (MND) describes a group of diseases which affect the nerves in the brain and spinal cord that control our muscles. With MND, messages from these nerves gradually stop reaching the muscles, leading them to weaken, stiffen and waste.

MND can affect how you walk, talk, eat, drink and breathe. Some people also experience changes to their thinking and behaviour. However, MND affects everyone differently. Not all symptoms will affect everyone, or in the same order. Symptoms also progress at varying speeds, which makes the course of the disease difficult to predict.

Councillor Tom McGee, Cabinet Member for Health said:

“We are pleased once again to help raise awareness of Motor Neurone Disease which is a very serious disease for those affected and their families . The more people know about it the better.”

Last October the Council also signed up to the Motor Neurone Disease Charter reinforcing the rights of people with motor neurone disease and their carers to the best care possible.

The Mayor of Stockport, Councillor Walter Brett has nominated the Motor Neurone Disease Association as one of his charities for the year.

Councillor Brett said:
“I am aware of the condition and its effects and I am pleased that I am able to support MNDA as one on my charities in my Mayoral year.”