A coffee morning has been organised at Uckfield Civic Centre on Friday, June 23. Organiser Sue Blunden said: “If you, or someone close to you, are affected by Parkinson’s, we’ve got information and support to help.”
Sue, who chairs the flourishing Mid Sussex Branch of the national charity Parkinson’s UK said the morning, was an opportunity to learn about the support, friendship, and social and therapeutic activities that were available: “No one has to face Parkinson’s alone.”
Last year the banch set up a Parkinson’s UK sub group in Lewes. It now runs weekly exercise classes in the town, led by a specialist physiotherapist, for people living with Parkinson’s in the Lewes area.
Similar classes have been run at Wivelsfield Village Hall for some years. Mid Sussex Branch also organises a choir, a dance group, and a speech and language group as well as regular meetings, outings and social activities for people with Parkinson’s, their partners, carers and families.
Recent research by a Parkinson’s UK development team found that, while there were established support groups in Hailsham and Crowborough, as well as in Eastbourne, Brighton and Tunbridge Wells, people in the Uckfield area were less well served.
There are believed to be some 300 people in Uckfield town alone with Parkinson’s, a life changing brain condition which affects mainly, though not exclusively, older people.
The coffee morning, which runs from 10am to noon in the Ashdown Room, is free of charge. For more information, email email@example.com or call 01444 483504 or 01273 487851.