Northern Ireland MPs recently joined up to the five-year mission of charity Parkinson’s UK - to bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson’s.
In the run up to Christmas, Parkinson’s UK is highlighting the issues faced by people with Parkinson’s, a brain condition which can leave people struggling to walk, speak and sleep, and how things need to change.
Parkinson’s affects one in 500 people in Northern Ireland .
It can cause a myriad of symptoms including insomnia, depression, and hallucinations, robbing people of their independence.
But through more research, improved services, and empowering people with Parkinson’s to take control, their lives can be turned around.
MPs Tom Elliot and Jim Shannon joined follow MPs at the charity’s parliamentary reception in Westminster to find out how they could get involved in Parkinson’s UK’s new approach to combating the condition.
Both MPs met Parkinson’s UK president and actress Jane Asher, as well as people affected by Parkinson’s including Paul McCourt, who has had Parkinson’s for five years and said he ‘crumbled’ when he first heard his diagnosis.
Parkinson’s UK wants to see quality services as standard for the 127,000 people like Paul with Parkinson’s in the UK.