‘We’re here so no one faces this alone’

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Uni­ver­sal Care in Bea­cons­field is cel­e­brat­ing its 30th an­niver­sary by sup­port­ing 30 lo­cal and na­tional char­i­ties over 30 weeks from April 4 to Oc­to­ber 28. Each char­ity will re­ceive a cash do­na­tion and free use of Uni­ver­sal Care’s con­fer­ence room to use as it wishes dur­ing its al­lo­cated week. Each week, this pa­per will show­case one of the 30 char­i­ties. The third char­ity be­ing sup­ported is Parkinson’s UK, which has the con­fer­ence room on April 21

PARKINSON’S UK turns lives up­side down, leav­ing those af­fected with a fu­ture full of un­cer­tainty.

It can make peo­ple feel fright­ened, iso­lated and alone.

To help raise lo­cal aware­ness, the lo­cal branch of Parkinson’s UK is invit­ing se­lected or­gan­i­sa­tions to a brief­ing on April 21 at the of­fices of Uni­ver­sal Care in Bea­cons­field.

Peo­ple who come will leave the brief­ing with:

A bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of Parkinson’s and the is­sues faced by peo­ple with the con­di­tion.

The abil­ity to sign­post sup­port and ac­tiv­i­ties avail­able to them lo­cally from Parkinson’s UK.

A range of in­for­ma­tion to share with oth­ers in their or­gan­i­sa­tions Parkinson’s UK.

Peo­ple with Parkinson’s don’t have enough of the chem­i­cal dopamine be­cause some of the nerve cells in their brain have died.

With­out it peo­ple can find that their move­ments be­come slower so it takes longer to do things.

This can make ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties, such as eat­ing, get­ting dressed, or us­ing a phone or com­puter, dif­fi­cult or frus­trat­ing.

As well as the symp­toms that af­fect move­ment, peo­ple with Parkinson’s can find that other is­sues, such as tired­ness, pain, de­pres­sion and con­sti­pa­tion, can have an im­pact on their day-to-day lives.

Ev­ery hour, some­one in the UK is told they have Parkinson’s.

One in 20 is un­der the age of 40. Be­cause we’re here, no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.

We bring peo­ple with Parkinson’s, their car­ers and fam­i­lies to­gether via our net­work of lo­cal groups, our web­site and free con­fi­den­tial helpline.

Spe­cial­ist nurses, our sup­port­ers and staff pro­vide in­for­ma­tion and train­ing on ev­ery as­pect of Parkinson’s.

As the UK’s Parkinson’s sup­port and re­search char­ity we’re lead­ing the work to find a cure, and we’re closer than ever. We also cam­paign to change at­ti­tudes and de­mand bet­ter ser­vices.

Our work is to­tally de­pen­dent on do­na­tions. Help us to find a cure and im­prove life for every­one af­fected by Parkinson’s.

Amer­sham and High Wy­combe Branch

Run by vol­un­teers, the Amer­sham and High Wy­combe Branch brings to­gether peo­ple with Parkinson’s, their car­ers and fam­i­lies.

We aim to help im­prove the well-be­ing of every­one in our area af­fected by the con­di­tion.

In our meet­ings and ac­tiv­i­ties, we sup­port peo­ple and pro­vide op­por­tu­ni­ties for them to meet oth­ers and feel more at ease with the con­di­tion.

Peo­ple share their ex­pe­ri­ences of Parkinson’s and form new friend­ships and ac­quain­tances.

Our range of ac­tiv­i­ties for peo­ple with Parkinson’s caters for dif­fer­ent abil­i­ties and in­ter­ests and helps main­tain or im­prove phys­i­cal and men­tal fit­ness.

We also sup­port spouses, part­ners and other fam­ily car­ers.

Our fundrais­ing en­ables our branch to ful­fil its aims and ac­tiv­i­ties as well as con­trib­ute to Parkinson’s UK re­search into find­ing a cure for the con­di­tion.

Through our pub­lic­ity, web­site and other com­mu­ni­ca­tions we aim to let every­one af­fected by Parkinson’s in our area know about our branch and its ac­tiv­i­ties.

We also seek to raise aware­ness and im­prove per­cep­tions of Parkinson’s amongst the gen­eral pub­lic in our area.

For more in­for­ma­tion call the helpline on 0808 800 0303, email sec­re­tary@parkin­son­sAHW.org.uk or visit www.parkin­son­sAHW.org. uk.

Parkinson’s Aware­ness Week runs from April 18 to 24, 2016.

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