Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, is promoting Parkinson’s Awareness Week, (this week 10-16 April). Emma is also supporting World Parkinson’s Day, which this year falls on 11 April. The day marks 200 years since Parkinson’s was first recognised as a medical condition.

There are 127,000 people living with Parkinson’s in the UK. Approximately 11,000 of those affected live in the West Midlands and on average someone is diagnosed with the condition every hour. Parkinson’s UK estimates that 42,000 people in the UK have delayed sharing their diagnosis with someone close to them, due to feeling awkward or embarrassed around them (63%), feeling they would be judged (34%), or not feeling like the symptoms were socially acceptable (32%).

Emma has praised the work of Parkinson’s UK, the UK’s leading charity helping those with Parkinson’s. The charity offers information, friendship and support to people with Parkinson’s and their families and carers as well as organising regular events to raise awareness in Wolverhampton and around the country.

Emma said: “Parkinson’s Awareness Week is an opportunity to highlight some of the realities of living with Parkinson’s and help the wider community to become more knowledgeable about those having to deal with the condition.

“I want in particular to commend the tens of thousands of carers, families and volunteers for Parkinson’s UK who are raising millions for Parkinson’s charity on a regular basis. Some of these volunteers, despite suffering from the condition themselves, still continue their work over periods spanning many years. They are an inspiration. I want to thank everyone taking part in events this week to raise awareness of Parkinson’s.”

April 2017