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Tourette's group raises awareness of the condition
A GROUP of mothers of children and adults with Tourette’s syndrome dropped in on Salisbury City Council as part of a tour of 52 cities in the country.
The women, who are all from the north east, are visiting an average of five cities a day, handing out information about the condition as they go.
Their aim is to raise awareness of Tourette’s and its associated brain disorders, including autism, learning disabilities, obsessive-compulsive disorder, ADHD and attachment disorder.
In Salisbury, Donna Emmerson, Liz Mielnik, Jacqueline Campbell and Eileen Darling were met by Cllr Derek Brown and city clerk Reg Williams.
They handed over a pack highlighting the difficulties faced by people with Tourette’s as well as their families.
The pack aims to better inform public services, social workers, teachers, health professionals, housing officers and many others.
Cllr Brown said: “We were honoured to welcome these wonderful ladies to Salisbury, and Salisbury City Council is delighted to be able to support this very worthwhile campaign.”
He said he will be consulting fellow councillors on the best ways of circulating the information provided.
Ms Campbell said: “The response we have had has been absolutely fabulous. We have been really heartened by it.
“Not a single local authority has refused to meet us.
Tourette’s is quite complex. There’s a perception that it’s all about swearing. But that’s only ten per cent.”
For more information go to tourettes-action.org.uk.
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