Published: 22nd April 2016
The Club is proud to see its players warm up in Frank’s Law T-Shirts on Sunday and pleased that Hamilton Accies have agreed for their squad to do likewise. Dedicated to the memory of United legend Frank Kopel, Frank’s law is envisaged to deliver free personal care to all under 65s with debilitating illnesses, provided they are assessed as needing it. Frank Kopel, who needs no introduction to United fans, was diagnosed with dementia at the early age of 59, and his family received no financial help for essential care or other services that are available free of charge for those over 65. His wife Amanda has campaigned tirelessly over the last few years to change this. Of late, the campaign has gained such tremendous momentum that all major political parties in Scotland have embraced the call, culminating in the Scottish government pledging £6 million between the 32 councils across Scotland. Amanda said: “Frankie would be chuffed to bits seeing the T shirts worn during the warm-up at Tannadice on Sunday and I am delighted that Dundee United, Frank’s team, is the first football Club to successfully seek permission to do so. I am very grateful to those who helped to make this possible. “I also would like to take this opportunity to thank all the United fans and the Club who have supported this campaign so wholeheartedly all the way. Please let me tell you that the struggle has only just begun – it is a major milestone that the Scottish Government has now committed to the law. But the £6 million it has pledged are a drop in the ocean and we need to be very watchful that the law is implemented in the right way, and by that I mean financed properly with ring-fenced funds and that the help is allocated on the basis of the medical assessment of the individual, rather than means tested. So the battle continues, and I promise I will not rest until I see the law properly put into practice. I will finish the job Frankie asked me to do. ” For more info, please visit www.franks law.org.