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Trent Bridge Parkinson’s Café joins global appeal for Parkinson’s with huge #uniteforparkinsons demo in Nottingham. 

An exclusive screening at Broadway Cinema on Monday was the venue for a major social media demo linking Nottingham to a global network using the #uniteforparkinsons hashtag to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and the need for a cure.

On 9th April, Trent Bridge Parkinson’s Café asked over 300 people attending their screening of ‘Kinetics’ to hold up their programmes to show the #uniteforparkinsons hashtag.

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In doing so they joined forces with organisations from all over the world seeking better awareness of the condition, and improved support for finding a cure.

Sue Wylie with John Holmes MBE
Sue Wylie with John Holmes MBE

 

#Unite for Parkinson’s, a campaign launched last year by two of the world’s leading Parkinson’s charities – the European Parkinson’s Disease Association (EPDA) and Parkinson’s UK – aims to raise international awareness of the condition on World Parkinson’s Day each year by using our simple #uniteforparkinsons hashtag on their Social Media posts. The campaign has spreading across the world, with thousands of campaign packs downloaded from Argentina to Zimbabwe.

John Holmes MBE Lord Mayor Councillor Michael Edwards Steve Johns Chair of Nottingham Branch Parkinsons UK

Steve Moss, a volunteer of Trent Bridge Parkinson’s Café, explains: “We are proud to be part of this exciting campaign to throw an international spotlight on people with Parkinson’s and the issues that they face living with this neurological condition. Parkinson’s UK Nottingham and the Trent Bridge Parkinson’s Café are holding a screening of a new short film – ‘Kinetics’ – written by Sue Wylie, an actor diagnosed with Parkinson’s seven years ago. We are very pleased that Sue, who also co-stars in the film, will be joining us for the screening and afterwards will answer questions from the audience with John Holmes from BBC Radio Nottingham as our host.”

On World Parkinson’s Day itself – Wednesday 11th April 2018 – Trent Bridge Parkinson’s Café plans to share the picture of over 250 people in attendance at the screening holding up the #uniteforparkinsons logo on the back of the event programme to their Twitter feed, @tbparkinsoncafe.

The audience – many of whom live with Parkinson’s themselves – are gathering in Nottingham from all over the East Midlands. Steve adds: “We have people coming from other Parkinson’s UK local groups including Derby, Retford and Lincoln – as well as several other prominent guests.”

The Lord Mayor of Nottingham, the Mayors of Rushcliffe and Gedling Boroughs, and Rushcliffe MP Ken Clarke are all scheduled to attend and show their support as well.