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GREAT LISTENERS WITH A CARING HEART URGENTLY NEEDED TO SUPPORT THOSE WITH MOTOR NEURONE DISEASE

A call is going out across the Island to support people with a terminal illness by becoming volunteers for the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association.

The charity urgently needs to recruit Association Visitors (AVs) – a role that offers people living with MND emotional support, information and help to access health and care services.

The time required is flexible and can fit around other commitments. There is no previous experience or knowledge needed as extensive training and ongoing support will be given. The role is unpaid but reasonable expenses are reimbursed.

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Maureen Martinez has been volunteering for over 25 years and has supported many people on the Island who are living with MND. Without support from Maureen people living with the condition would not have had the helpful information or the practical and emotional support they require. She has been a vital part of the Island branch.

Maureen comments:

“I want to help and even if I make a small difference by being there, I feel I have done something to make their journey that little bit easier”.

MND is a neurological condition that affects the way a person moves their muscles. It is often rapidly progressing and impacts a person’s ability to speak, eat and drink, and breathe.

Dawn Pond, Area Support Coordinator, adds:

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“The AV role is so important because they are local and have a better idea of the support needed and what is on offer in that area. Without their commitment and support it would be so difficult to ensure all people living with MND have the informed choice of support and equipment available to them”.

If you would like to know more about becoming an AV for the MND Association, or if you are interested in any other volunteering role for the charity, email [email protected] or contact your local Branch by visiting www.mndiw.org.uk.

For enquiries about events or fundraising email Jennie Lewis, Branch Chair – [email protected].

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