Parkinson’s Fundraiser Returns To The Solway Hall

By Rebecca Muncaster

A charity event in aid of Parkinson’s will take place at the Solway Hall in Whitehaven.

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Parkinson’s West Cumbria Fundraiser has announced a charity event will take place on the 20 May. The event will be hosted at The Solway Hall in Whitehaven. The event marks the 200th anniversary of the first formal diagnosis of the disease and is set to be a thriving night with paramount local talents aiding an incredible cause.

John Cane, chair on West Cumbria branch of Parkinson’s UK, hopes the event will boost the profile of the “forgotten condition”. The event will also raise funds to subsidise future activities for the local branch. The branch caters to both patients and carers and delivers fundamental support.

John believes entertainment is an integral part of raising critical awareness of a condition which affects 1 in 500 people. In Cumbria alone, there is an estimated 1200 people living with Parkinson’s.

John said: “Those diagnosed are likely to drop out of society as they struggle to comprehend their life sentence.”

Parkinson’s remains a largely neglected disease, nestled in a mass of misconceptions. Currently, patients have to pay for prescriptions. The event aims to bring much needed awareness to these pressing issues.

John added: “There is still a long way to go, for an accurate and open representation of the disease.”

The event promises for a dynamic and energetic atmosphere, catering for a mixed audience. It features six local musical talents, including Ex-Lepers, Black Wolf Run, Avalon, Tom Salmon, John Walker and Julieanne Kelly. The event will blend together local soft rock and awareness, to help to tackle the disease head on.

Tyrone Larmour, drummer of the Ex-Lepers, has a personal attachment to the cause. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s two years ago at the age of 53.

He said: “Music is a wonderful therapy.

“If 2 or 3 people become more aware of the condition, then we will have achieved what we set out to do.”

Tickets £10. Doors open at 7pm. For tickets and more information contact The Solway Hall on 01946 690970 or visit The Solway Hall’s Facebook page: The Solway Hall Whitehaven.

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