Jim McGovern congratulates Local Charity on Awards for All Grant

10 January 2012

Jim McGovern with Patricia Osborne, Chief Executive of the Brittle Bone Society

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Jim McGovern MP visited the Brittle Bone society’s UK headquarters in Guthrie Street, Dundee to congratulate them on receiving an Award for All Grant and to discuss the support given to people who have the condition of Osteogenesis Imperfecta.

In recognition of the reward Jim McGovern MP said,

"The Brittle Bone Society based in Dundee continues to provide great aid to those with this often overlooked condition and provides vital support for their families.

"It is important that during times of government cuts we do not forget the charity organisations which provide the care many depend on.

"The momentous work carried out by the charity is a great example of a small organisation based in Dundee impacting in a big way across the UK".

Patricia Osborne, Chief Executive of the organisation stated,

"I am pleased to receive such interest from local Dundee West MP, Jim McGovern.

"To have received last year the support of the BBC Children in Need’s Rock Concert in order to fund our much needed Support Worker Program was amazing.

"We are also excited by the prospect of recording a broadcast this week for BBC Radio 4’s Charity Appeal to be aired February 5th, which will help reinforce the message about living with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, and exactly how people can help us.

"To gain the support of local politicians is vital if we are to get our cause more widely known and understood".

Patricia Osborne also outlined the "drop from a cliff" in support when those with OI reach adulthood.

"Currently support for children is excellent, however for adults it is nowhere near the level needed to provide cohesive care.

"This is something the UK Charity are campaigning hard to change."

Commenting on the need to increase support Jim McGovern stated:

"Aspirations for those with the condition today, are rightfully and indeed positively vastly different from those of a generation ago.

"I hope that government will seek to meet these expectations as part of the ongoing welfare reform.

"At the core of any reform must be to improve the quality of life that people living with the condition enjoy".

 

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