Neuro-victims are a hidden problem

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LAST week I attended one of the many events to celebrate the 175th anniversary of Fleetwood. The concert, at the Conservative Club was well attended and well done to everyone involved.

There are many events being held to celebrate the 175th, the Carnival, Jazz Festival, Heritage Open Days and of course Tram Sunday, which I am delighted to see return this year.

I also attended an event run by the Neurological Alliance and was surprised to learn that up to one in six people in Fleetwood is living with a neurological condition which include MS, dementia, migraines, and epilepsy. Neurological conditions can be frightening and often lead to significant disability, however there are a number of organisations doing great work for those who suffer. People with neurological conditions often have complex needs, so patients need high quality services. However you still hear the same tales from patients, carers and medical professionals about fragmented services. Worryingly, 70% of sufferers, were given no advice at diagnosis about where to seek further information to help them. This is definitely something that needs to be addressed.

Finally, I was pleased to hear that the Marine Hall will host this year’s BDO British Internationals, the longest running international team event in world darts, on April 9-10. The event is usually held at Lakeside in Surrey, so I am delighted to hear that it is coming to Fleetwood, providing a welcome boost for our local businesses.