Parkinson's Awareness Week events in the area

The Worthing and district branch of Parkinson's UK is hosting a number of events next week, as part of the national Parkinson's Awareness Week.

Chairman Margaret Stewart manning an information stand at Southlands Hospital
Chairman Margaret Stewart manning an information stand at Southlands Hospital

The branch covers from Shoreham to Littlehampton and people across the area are invited to visit the information stands at various venues to find out more about Parkinson’s from people who have the progressive neurological condition and their carers.

Branch chairman Margaret Stewart, who lives in East Preston, said: “This is a really good opportunity for people to understand Parkinson’s and the impact it can have on normal life.

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“Our support group is very active in providing help for sufferers that will improve their quality of life and we depend on charitable funds for this. In addition to the information leaflets, there will be collection tins at each venue for people to contribute on the day.”

Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity.

It affects 127,000 people in the UK – which is around one in 500 of the population.

Parkinson’s UK is the UK’s leading charity supporting those with the condition.

Information points in the area will include:-

Southlands Hospital, Upper Shoreham Road, Shoreham, on Monday, April 18, 10am to 4pm.

Holmbush Shopping Centre, Shoreham, on Monday, April 18, 10am to 4pm.

Haskins Garden Centre, A259 Roundstone bypass, Angmering, on Friday, April 22, 10am to 4pm, and Saturday, April 23, 10am to 4pm.

Asda, A259 Littlehampton Road, Ferring, Saturday, April 23, 10am to 4pm.

In partnership with Goring Region Occasional Players Ensemble, the branch has also organised a murder mystery night, at The Barn, English Martyrs Church, Compton Avenue, Goring, on Friday, April 22, at 7pm. Tickets are £10, to include a fish and chip supper. To book, call 01903 779097 or 01903 691937.

Those wishing to make a donation but unable to visit the stands can contact John Manuel, treasurer, 31 Cowdray Drive, Goring BN12 4LJ, or call 01903 246756s.

The Worthing branch offers regular friendship and support for people living with Parkinson’s and their families. To find out more, call Margaret Stewart on 01903 779097 or Ann Pearse 0n 01903 417254.

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