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MND - we need to find a cure

Kirkcaldy MP Gordon Brown has given his backing to Gordon Aikman's fightback campaign

Kirkcaldy MP Gordon Brown has given his backing to Gordon Aikman's fightback campaign

 

A young Kirkcaldy man recently diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (MND) has launched a campaign to double the funding for research into the terminal illness.

Gordon Aikman, the director of research at Better Together, has already achieved cross-party support.

His backers include former Prime Minister and Kirkcaldy MP Gordon Brown, former Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy, SNP MP Pete Wishart and Shadow Health Secretary Andy Burnham.

The move comes after the 29-year-old recently revealed he had been diagnosed with MND.

And his story has inspired people to raise more than £38,000 for the charity which supports those affected by the condition.

Gordon, who attended Kirkcaldy High School where he was Head Boy, said donations started coming in almost immediately after his story went online.

He launched his campaign on Monday calling on politicians to support a ‘five-point fightback’.

He aims to achieve five things to help fund a cure and improve the care provided to MND patients by lobbying the Scottish and UK Governments.

The aims are to double MND research funding, fast-track benefits for terminally ill patients, outlaw care charges for terminally ill patients, pay MND nurses from the public purse and double the number of MND nurses.

He said: “Even though it’ll be too late for me, we can and must find a cure for the next generation of MND patients. by doubling the amount of money spent on MND research, we can find a cure quicker.”

 

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