The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust (TRFT) has been supporting Parkinson’s Awareness Week (16 -22 April) with an aim to raise awareness of Parkinson’s UK and of Parkinson’s disease in local communities.
This year the theme was “find a cure” and, to mark this, our Local Parkinson’s UK society and Joanne Rose, the Trust’s Parkinson’s disease nurse specialist (PDNS), organised events during the week to help to tell people how important it is that a cure is found for Parkinson’s.
Events included an awareness event in Rotherham Hospital’s Community Corner, a coffee morning at the Sitwell Arms in Rotherham and a coffee morning in Moorgate Assessment and Rehabilitation Centre (MARC) at Rotherham Hospital.
The Coffee morning at MARC was attended by Trust staff and patients with Parkinson’s and their friends and family.
Michael Toher, a Parkinson’s sufferer and active fundraiser, commented: “I think it is important that a cure for Parkinson’s is found for the next generation.
“Parkinson’s UK and our local group in Rotherham really supports each other, we regularly organise meals, trips away and fundraising events. Joanne and the team at Rotherham Hospital are brilliant; they put you at ease and are always on hand to answer any questions.”
Fellow Parkinson’s sufferer, Leonard Barker, added: “The events around this year’s Parkinson’s week have been excellent.
“My whole family has helped to bake for the coffee mornings and I’m delighted that so many people have turned out to support the cause.”
Leonard is heavily involved in research into Parkinson’s disease and has even donated his brain to research in the hope that a cure can one day be found.
£150 was raised at the coffee morning in MARC and this has been split between Parkinson’s UK and the Trust’s Purple Butterfly Appeal. Any other funds raised through these events will go directly to Parkinson’s UK.