Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Research Fund - Fighting Disability Cuts

 As we always say "Alone we whisper. Together we shout" Money is very tight for everyone at the moment, especially in the run up to Christmas, but if we all donate just £1 we can be heard.
A guest post from Sue Marsh;
For months now, I have been working on vital research. There are only a few of us, all unpaid, all seriously unwell or disabled. 

We have no funding, we are not a charity or an NPO. We do what we do because we are desperate. Because it is our lives being decided in Westminster, our futures in the hands of remote politicians. 

We do it for the people who can't fight for themselves, for those who may not even know what is being done in their name. We do it for the people who have shared their stories of fear or desperation or hardship. 

We have given our time and what precious energy we have to presenting evidence and testimonial to politicians who have been all to often, unwilling to listen.  

Now, time is running out. We have just a few more weeks to present our research to MPs, Lords, the media and the public. We need to get our work to the printers, we need envelopes, we need stamps. We want to make sure that every parliamentarian has the evidence in front of them before they vote for the final time, before they pass the welfare reform bill. 

The vote will abolish the Disability Living Allowance, I must try to stop that. The voices of the sick and disabled have not been heard. I have to change that. People are suffering every day. 

Please, give what you can afford. Do NOT give more than you can afford. £1 will get us closer to our target. £3 will pay for 6 MPs or Peers to see our work. £20 will mean that 100 parliamentarians with the power to change the bill have all the evidence they need to make a balanced decision. 

I've never asked you for money before. I wouldn't be asking now if I didn't think this could make a real difference. 

Thank You. 


Connie said...

Thank you for telling us about this. I've sent a donation. I am very grateful to you and Sue for taking a lead in the fightback.

Rose said...

I'm trying to donate but it comes up saying I have to donate at least £5. £5 I don't have, so now I can't send anything.

Anonymous said...

I still can't donate - is the website having problems?

madderbat said...

I tried to donate tonight, but it said
"Your payment can't be completed because one of the receivers can't accept payments at this time."

Not sure what this means, but will try again tomorrow.
Good luck and thank you.