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Gordon Aikman wins top award for campaigning

Gordon Aikman's Fightback campaign takes home the People's Choice Award at the 2017 Scottish Charity Awards.

Gordon Aikman wins top award for campaigning

Posted : 23/06/2017

Gordon Aikman died of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) in February 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 research into a cure.

Now Gordon’s Fightback campaign has won a 2017 Scottish Charity Award in the People’s Choice Award which was decided by a public vote. Over 11,000 votes were cast in total with Gordon coming out on top. 

Thanks to Gordon, there are now double the number of NHS-funded MND nurses in Scotland. With MND Scotland he also secured a legal right for patients who lose their voice to have access 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.

Organised by Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations (SCVO), the Awards celebrate the life-changing work of charities, community groups and individuals dedicated to making Scotland a better place to live.

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

"It's wonderful that Gordon's achievements have been celebrated with this award. What the Gordon's Fightback campaign has achieved is remarkable.

"Patients with MND see their nurses more often and for longer thanks to the campaign.   There are also more researchers in Scotland searching for a cure.

"I miss Gordon every day.  Gordon and everyone going through this devastating disease inspire us all to keep fighting back. That's why MND Scotland will keep on transforming care and funding a cure for this devastating disease."

Joe Pike, Gordon’s husband, said: “I would love to have seen the expression on Gordon's face as he was announced as the winner of this award.

“I would have loved to have heard the speech - the powerful speech - he would have given.

“But Gordon is gone. MND kills and it kills fast.

“Yet this award is a wonderful tribute to his incredible campaigning, and we will continue with Gordon's Fightback until a cure for MND is found.”

If anyone would like to support Gordon's efforts to fund a cure for MND please donate at GordonsFightback.com or text MNDS85 £10 to 70070.

 

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“Gordon and everyone going through this devastating disease inspire us all to keep fighting back.”

Lawrence Cowan, Chair of MND Scotland

Lawrence Cowan, Chair of MND Scotland

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