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National tour to tackle Tourettes stigma
FOUR North-East mothers have started a national tour to raise awareness of Tourettes Syndrome.
Eileen Darling, Donna Emmerson, Liz Mielnik and Jac Campbell, all of whom have children with the genetic condition, are visiting 52 English cities over 11 days – a road trip of 2,200 miles.
Today (Monday, September 30), their first day on the road, they visited Newcastle, Sunderland, Durham, Ripon and York.
Tourettes causes involuntary and uncontrollable sounds and movements.
The mums are keen to emphasise 90 per cent of sufferers do not suffer involuntary swearing.
Mrs Campbell said: “We all have personal experience through our children of how lack of understanding about Tourettes can have a huge negative impact on people with the condition.
“Often they are mocked, abused or simply just not included. We think it’s time for that to change.”
In Durham, the mums met Councillor Pauline Charlton, the Mayor of Durham and chairman of Durham County Council.
For more information, visit tourettes-action.org.uk
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