Have Your Say – Mencap Needs Urgent Donations to Provide Support During Pandemic

Dear Editor

Mencap have launched an appeal to support people with a learning disability during the pandemic. They have successfully campaigned for all people with a learning disability to be vaccinated despite their age.

My own son Alexander (25) has a severe learning disability,  he has just spent a week in intensive care on a ventilator. He was in hospital because of his seizures which the doctors were struggling to control. Thankfully he had received his first Covid vaccine before being admitted. He is now out of hospital and recovering, I was able to see him for the first time since his discharge on Saturday.

The fact that those with a learning disability are unable to explain how the feel and can’t be supported in hospital by their families is very worrying. The statistics speak for themselves, during the first wave people with a learning disability were six times more likely to die of Covid.

If you are able please consider making a donation to Mencap so they can continue to provide much needed support to those with learning disabilities and their families.

To give a donation visit mencap.org.uk/coviddonate or call 020 7696 6007

Yours faithfully

Lisa Drage

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