FND Hope UK is a registered charity in England and Wales (no 1173607). We promote awareness of FND through education and raising public understanding in England and Wales. We are dedicated to supporting those individuals affected with functional symptoms by advancing research into practical applications for the prevention, treatment and recovery of FND. We are uniting patients and their families from the UK with leading researchers and advocates to pioneer a new standard of care for FND throughout the world.
Our mission is to promote awareness, support affected individuals, and advance research. We drive ethical patient centred care while empowering patients to better health.
Bridget Mildon, is the Founder of FND Hope, and Chairperson of FND Hope UK. She works with leading specialists around the world to educate medical professionals and tackle the common misunderstandings, not only about patients with functional disorders, but also about diagnostic error and the coding crisis. She has a diverse and unique approach to this field, which she has gained through advocacy work with patients.
Bridget became interested in functional illness after she experienced a world of medical uncertainty. When her medically unexplained puzzle morphed into a medically explained picture and she finally received proper treatment, Bridget transitioned into the medical world, actively engaging as a patient advocate.
Bridget spends most of her time helping patients and doctors understand Functional Neurological Disorder. She has had the opportunity to attend and give remarks at various FND training seminars including Birmingham, England. While in the UK, Bridget met with leading researchers in the FND field from Scotland and England, holding patient support meetings throughout the UK. She has submitted commentary to the pertinent work groups connected with DSM and ICD coding changes, and a response in the British Medical Journal advocating for those with functional symptoms.
Bridget is a wife and mother of three. She feels passionately about spreading awareness, and bridging the gap between what is known and what is believed about Functional Neurological Disorder.
Dawn Golder is a Trustee for FND Hope UK and the Director of Fundraising. Dawn works as a Process Design Analyst and is an accredited Six Sigma Green Belt; she also has her PRINCE 2 Practitioner qualification making her an effective communicator for all levels of personnel. These designations enable her to be a proficient project manager, ensuring challenging deadlines are met and processes are improved to reduce non-value add activities.
Professor Mark Edwards finally diagnosed Ms Golder with Migraine induced Functional Neurological Disorder in March 2017, after a 2-year battle to get a diagnosis. Dawn feels passionate about spreading awareness of FND and working collaboratively with others countries to share experiences and learning’s. Dawn is also committed to fundraising for FND Hope UK for much needed funds for research, patient booklets, Medical practitioner leaflets etc. She is excited to have people join her team in the UK and worldwide.
vital knowledge into relevant procedures and rights for everyone this may involve.
Laura has also previously gained experience in accounting and tax verification roles through her
work. This is something that ensures her to be professional, confidential and analytical, these are all
features which are attributed to her work within the organisation.
Laura is also a mother to two children and is herself a sufferer of FND. Since being diagnosed in 2009
both her and her husband have worked alongside FND Hope to raise awareness of the condition.
Matt is a Chartered Accountant and seasoned IT professional with over 20 years’ experience of helping organisations transform themselves through using technology. Matt brings his professional expertise in strategic business planning and analysis; financial management; project management; process improvement; compliance; and IT infrastructure.
Having acted as an advisor to many global industries, Matt is an experienced communicator and negotiator at all levels within an organisation. He can foster and build relationships across cultures having led and worked with many multi-country teams.
Matt’s wife was diagnosed with FND in August 2015 after suffering with symptoms for many years. As her carer, he knows the day by day struggles that go with trying to cope with everyday life. He is passionate about raising awareness of FND and increasing the availability of multi-disciplinary support to help sufferers and their families.