Date: 11 December 2018
A Greater Manchester Champion for Join Dementia Research has secured the support of numerous MPs after organising an event in Parliament.
Jacqui Cannon, the North West-based chief executive of the Lewy Body Society, arranged for Members of Parliament and peers to meet on 14 November 2018.
The Lewy Body Society, which funds research studies through its grants programme, was highlighting to MPs the importance of timely and accurate diagnosis.
This ensures that people with Lewy body dementia and their carers are able to participate in studies relating to the disease and get the right support.
Minister of State for Care, Caroline Dinenage MP, was among a number of MPs delighted to register with JDR and pledged to promote the initiative.
She was joined by Jacqui’s local MP Conor McGinn, the MP for St Helens North, whose own family has been affected by Lewy body dementia.
He said: “With more people living longer, we're seeing the number of families affected by dementia increase significantly, and my own family is one of them.
“After being elected as an MP, I was interested in getting more involved in promoting dementia research and met one of my constituents Jacqueline Cannon, who as well as being Chief Executive of the Lewy Body Society, is a Champion for JDR Greater Manchester.
“Thanks to Jacqui's knowledge and passion for improving our understanding of Lewy body dementia, and following my discovery that my great-uncle had in fact been diagnosed with the disease, I was delighted to become an Ambassador for the Lewy Body Society.
“I know that Join Dementia Research is crucial for helping to ensure that clinical trials and research studies have enough participants, and would like to encourage anyone who wants to improve dementia care and treatment to sign up today."
Jacqui Cannon said: “I would like to say a huge thank you to Lewy Body Society ambassador Conor McGinn MP for his backing and pledge to raise awareness of Lewy body dementia and the importance of research.”
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