Fit for work death claimant’s sister backs Full Fact project
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- Created: Monday, 16 February 2015 13:32
“This donation is in memory of my brother Mark Wood who died due to current govt. policies and lies”
Full Fact is moving closer to its target of £25,000 to fund fact checking of the election following a donation of £100 towards their “vital work” from Cathie Wood, the sister of Mark Wood who starved to death after being found fit for work.
Mark Wood was found fit for work following an Atos medical assessment, in spite of having a number of complex mental health conditions. As a result of having his benefit stopped Mark was left with just £40 a week to live on and was reluctant to seek help from relatives. When he died four months later he weighed just 5st 8lbs.
Since her brother’s death, Cathie Wood has been campaigning for improvements to the safeguards for people with mental health conditions who are forced to have their fitness for work assessed.
Along with a donation of £100 towards the Full Fact project, Cathie Wood left a comment saying:
"You are doing vital work - good luck with it. This donation is in memory of my brother Mark Wood who died due to current govt. policies and lies."
Full Fact have until 27 February to raise £25,000 to fund a six week, 18 hours per day election fact-checking project.
Funding is needed to cover start-up costs including reliable computers and fast internet as well as travel and other running costs. Their work will make it harder for the DWP, politician and the press to spread lies and half-truths about claimants in the run up to the election.
If you are able, please make a donation of £2 or more towards the Full Fact election hub. The team have already raised over £20,000 in 17 days.
Whether you are able to donate or not, you can also make a difference by tweeting, blogging and emailing details of their fundraising campaign as widely as possible.
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