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Mums raise awareness of Tourettes
8:36am Wednesday 2nd October 2013 in News
MUMS campaigning to raise awareness of Tourettes Syndrome have visited York as part of a tour of all 52 English cities.
Donna Emmerson, 30, Lizzy Mienik, 40, Jac Campbell, 50, and Eileen Darling, 60, aim to complete the mammoth road trip they are calling The Tourettes Awareness Challenge in ten days.
They are visiting an average of five cities a day, meeting with the mayor or senior councillors in every city where they will discuss the issue and hand over an information pack about Tourettes Syndrome.
The group visited York on the first day of the tour, which started in Newcastle, and are due to end it 2,200 miles later, on October 10, in Carlisle.
In York the mums from the north east of England met with the Lord Mayor of York, Coun Julie Gunnell.
“We intend to spread the word that there are people with Tourettes in every city in England – and they need understanding and support.” said Donna. “It’s a simple message, but we want to people to know that it’s a complex and much misunderstood condition.”
Eileen, who has both a son and a grandson with Tourettes and learning disabilities, said: “I think most people know that people with Tourettes make sounds and movements they cannot help called tics. But what they don’t know is that more than ninety per cent of people with Tourettes have at least one other brain condition as well.”
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