Our biggest shot yet

Just when you think we are at the peak of our MND campaign, even more exciting news pops up! On 14 October I AM BREATHING will be screened at the Houses of Parliament in Westminster. 

This is our chance to show the film to people who have the power to change things. It is thanks to your efforts that we are in this position. We are now asking for a final push to make a lasting impact on Parliament. This is our biggest shot yet.

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The screening will only be a success if MPs actually attend it. To make sure all seats are taken we really need your help. MPs and members of the House of Lords need to hear and talk about MND, and we want to encourage them to take action.

So please contact your local MPs now and inform them about this screening. Here is a sample letter:

I am writing as your constituent to ask you to attend a screening of a critically acclaimed film I Am Breathing, which is taking place at 6pm on Monday 14 October 2013 in Committee Room 4a, House of Lords.

The film tells the story of a young man, Neil Platt, diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) just after his son Oscar was born. Neil had two aims before he died – to leave behind his words and memoires for Oscar and to raise awareness of MND.

As you may know MND is a cruel disease, leaving people unable to walk, talk, eat and ultimately breathe. The cause of MND is unknown and there is no known cure. The film captures the reality of Neil’s final months living with this devastating disease.

I Am Breathing received its UK premiere at the prestigious Edinburgh Film festival in June and has been shown all over the world.

Baroness Royall and Gavin Williamson MP (Chair of the APPG on MND) are hosting the Westminster screening, and Louise Platt, Neil’s widow, will also be attending.

I very much hope you will be able to attend the screening to show your support for people affected by MND in your constituency.

You can learn more about the film at http://www.iambreathing.com

Please RSVP to Alison Railton at alison.railton@mndassociation.org or telephone 01327 844911.*

Yours sincerely,

(*Please note that this is not a public event. These details are just for your letter to the MP.)

The Motor Neurone Disease Association has provided a very handy tool to help you look up your MP and send an automated e-mail. Keep in mind that a more personal email may work even better.

Also, if you haven't already done so, please sign up on our website to receive updates about our upcoming release on DVD and video on demand.

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