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Gordon Aikman in Running for Charity Award

The late Gordon Aikman has been nominated in the Scottish Charity Awards 2017 for his consequential Fightback Campaign.

Gordon Aikman in Running for Charity Award

Posted : 12/05/2017

Gordon Aikman's Fighback Campaign has been nominated in the Scottish Charity Awards 2017.

Gordon Aikman died of MND in February 2017, after a three year battle with the condition. His campaigning transformed MND care and raised over £600,000 for MND Scotland, which is being used to help fund a cure.

Thanks to Gordon there are now double the number of NHS-funded MND nurses in Scotland, and patients who lose their voice also now have a legal right to speech equipment through the health service. Alongside other campaigners Aikman also secured a commitment from the Scottish Government to pay carers the National Living Wage.

Now Gordon’s Fightback campaign is in the running for a 2017 Scottish Charity Award, with all shortlisted entries competing for the People’s Choice Award, which will be decided by a public vote.

Lawrence Cowan was a close friend of Gordon's who helped him coordinate the Fightback campaign.  He is also Chair of MND Scotland.  He said:

"I miss Gordon every day.  But his legacy is still alive in the hospitals and labs up and down this country. 

"Patients see their MND nurse more often and for longer because of Gordon's Fightback and more scientists than ever before are trying to answer the big questions around this disease.

"We can't win these awards without your support so please vote now!"

 

Joe Pike, Gordon’s husband, said "It's wonderful to see Gordon's Fightback nominated.

“Gordon's ambition was to make things better for those that follow. What he achieved through the campaign was remarkable. He transformed care for people with MND and raised £600,000 for research into a cure. But the Fightback isn't over.

“We will not stop until the day we cure MND."

You can help continue the Fightback campaign by voting for Gordon’s Fightback in the People’s Choice Award.

You can also download our voting form, which can be returned directly to the Scottish Charity Awards.

 

 

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