East Devon’s MP is backing a major charity campaign to shine a spotlight on Parkinson’s, to raise understanding of and change attitudes towards the condition.
Parkinson’s UK Parkinson’s Is campaign, which launches on World Parkinson’s Day (11 April), aims to shatter public misconceptions about the condition by highlighting the reality of everyday life for those living with it and their families.
Parkinson’s is a serious neurological condition with more than 40 symptoms that affects people of all ages. It causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. Currently there is no cure.
But according to recent research from Parkinson’s UK, 8 in 10 people with Parkinson’s believe that awareness and understanding is low because people don’t consider it to be a serious condition - and only associate it with one symptom - a tremor.
The charity is urging people to visit its website www.parkinsons.org.uk/parkinsons-is to learn more about the condition
Sir Hugo said: “One in 37 of us will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in our lifetime, and I’m proud to support Parkinson’s UK’s new campaign to challenge widely held misconceptions about the condition.
“I urge people to visit the charity’s website to find out more about how they can get involved in Parkinson’s Is.”
Steve Ford, Parkinson’s UK Chief Executive, said: “Despite the fact that Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative condition after Alzheimer’s, many people still don’t understand what Parkinson’s is or how it affects people.
“We hope our new Parkinson’s Is campaign which sees people across the UK share how the condition affects their lives will raise awareness and help correct public misconceptions about this much misunderstood condition.
“We’re grateful for the support of Sir Hugo to help bring this message to a wider audience and help change the lives of thousands for the better.”
For more information about charity Parkinson’s UK’s new Parkinson’s Is campaign visit www.parkinsons.org.uk/parkinsons-is
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About Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s UK
- Every hour, two people in the UK are told they have Parkinson's
- It affects 145,000 people in the UK – which is around one in 350 of the adult population
- 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
- Parkinson's UK is the UK's leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.
- For advice, information and support, visit www.parkinsons.org.uk or call its free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303