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City hall lights up in brilliant colours to mark partnership to help those with a deadly disease

PUBLISHED: 22:03 21 June 2017 | UPDATED: 23:00 21 June 2017

Sue Heal, far right, and Norwich City Council leader Alan Waters at Norwich City Hall for the lighting, in recognition of the Motor Neurone Disease Charter. Picture: Stuart Anderson

Sue Heal, far right, and Norwich City Council leader Alan Waters at Norwich City Hall for the lighting, in recognition of the Motor Neurone Disease Charter. Picture: Stuart Anderson

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The facade of Norwich City Hall has come alive in bold blue and brilliant orange in recognition of a growing awareness of a debilitating disease.

Norwich City Hall lit up in recognition of the Motor Neurone Disease Charter. Picture: Sue Heal Norwich City Hall lit up in recognition of the Motor Neurone Disease Charter. Picture: Sue Heal

The hall was lit up in the campaign colours of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association at 8pm this evening (Wednesday, June 21) to mark Norwich City Council’s recent adoption of an MND charter.

It is hoped the move will help improve the lives of people in Norfolk with MND and those that care for them.

Alan Waters, leader of Norwich City Council, said he was optimistic the adoption of the charter would help people with MND.

He said: “There are lots of opportunities for us to advocate to improve our services.

“It’s good for us to understand the practicalities of this condition, and what we can do to shape our services.

“It also gives us the opportunity to act as advocates and provide publicity.”

Sue Heal, from Wymondham, who campaigned for the council to adopt the charter, said: “I’m absolutely delighted that we’ve got this support.

“I think it’s about looking at if can we give a red flag or perhaps a fast track for people with motor neurone disease because the condition progresses so rapidly and is so varied in the way it affects people. It’s a matter of being proactive and seeing what their needs might be just around the corner.”

Mrs Heal’s husband Jim died from MND in 2012. She said she hoped the new partnership would help others in a similar situation to what her family went through.

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