Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Kirriemuir widow backing UK roll out of Frank’s Law campaign

Amanda Kopel.
Amanda Kopel.

Amanda Kopel is backing a campaign which has been launched to expand Frank’s Law across the UK.

However, the Kirriemuir widow has admitted she would not have the strength to get involved after the gruelling Scottish campaign.

Mrs Kopel has campaigned relentlessly for free personal care to be extended to those under the age of 65 living with a debilitating illness in Scotland.

She launched the Frank’s Law campaign in April 2013 after watching her husband, Dundee United legend Frank, battle dementia for six years.

A treasured photograph of the couple

The Courier-backed campaign became law on April 1 and will benefit at least 9,000 families.

“I remember my speech to the Scottish Conservatives at their annual conference in Glasgow in 2016,” said Mrs Kopel.

“I had been invited to address the delegates and I said that it would be wonderful if it was announced that Frank’s Law was delivered in Scotland.

“I said it would show England, Wales and Ireland that Scotland looks after all her people and that they could follow where Scotland led.

“I’m happy to support the UK-wide campaign, however I wouldn’t get involved as I did with Frank’s Law, because I don’t have the strength for it.”

Frank and Amanda Kopel

Independent Age has urged the UK Government to introduce free personal care for over-65s – something that is available in Scotland, but not in England and Wales.

The older people’s charity argues the social care cap proposed by the government at the last general election will not help 90% of older people and will do nothing to invest in the quality of care.

Frank Kopel.

A recent YouGov poll found that 74% of adults in England aged 18-64 want free personal care for all older people, and 69% would be willing to contribute more to fund it.

“The campaign for Frank’s Law has been very exhausting,” said Mrs Kopel.

“But I have to add my battle with trying to get Frank’s Law delivered was nothing compared to Frankie’s battle with dementia.

“We both knew his battle with dementia was one he was never going to win, yet within our hearts we knew Frank’s Law could be won to help others.

“Sadly he was battling with his life while I was batting bureaucracy, something we should never have had to do.

“My strength, courage and dignity during that battle came from me watching Frankie battle that dreadful disease with every ounce of those three things daily.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in