Parkinson's UK milestones
We've come a long way since 1969, when Mali Jenkins founded the Parkinson's Disease
Society - now Parkinson's UK.
Levodopa was the first major breakthrough in
the drug treatment of Parkinson's.
Today, a range of drug treatments are
available to control the symptoms of Parkinson's.
Our first local Parkinson's group opened in Tunbridge Wells and
We now have more than 350 local
groups across the UK offering friendship and support to
everyone affected by Parkinson's.
Our first publication was introduced: 'Parkinson's
disease - a booklet for patients, friends and families'.
Today we provide information and support in many ways.
This includes our free confidential
helpline 0808 800 0303, specialist staff, publications, website and network of local groups across the UK.
Our Parkinson's UK Brain Bank opened in 1984.
We now have the UK's largest human brain bank dedicated to Parkinson's.
Our Parkinson's UK Brain Bank opened,
enabling crucial research into Parkinson's.
We now have the UK's largest human brain bank dedicated to
We provide brain tissue to researchers around the world to
develop better treatments and make progress towards a cure.
Research identifies oxidative stress as a key player in
Our first overseas sponsored trek
took place, raising more money for our work.
Since then, our range of fundraising activities has grown
massively, giving people lots of ways to get
involved and fundraise.
first specialist Parkinson's nurse was appointed, providing
specialised local care for people with Parkinson's.
At the end of 2010, there were 310 Parkinson's nurses across the UK.
Image right: Lisa, Parkinson's nurse, with Sheena, who has
Princess Diana became patron.
Our first team ran in the London
UK patients participate in one of the first transplant trials
The Duchess of Gloucester became patron.
We were chosen as one of GMTV's 'get up and give
published our first education tool for professionals: 'Parkinson's
Aware in Primary Care'.
Today, our education and training officers deliver seminars and courses for health and social care
professionals who work with people with Parkinson's in all
parts of the UK.
Image right: Lorraine, Parkinson's nurse
We launched our free and confidential
helpline 0808 800 0303, with specialist nurses and
Research proves that Parkinson's
nurses significantly improve quality of life for people
affected by Parkinson's.
2 genes associated with inherited Parkinson's were discovered,
giving us a better understanding of the causes of Parkinson's.
Jane Asher became our
We launched our Get It On Time
campaign to make sure people with Parkinson's admitted into
hospitals and care homes get their medication on time, every
Image right: Get It On Time washbag
Prescription charges for people with
Parkinson's were abolished in Wales.
Our research spend increased to more than £4million. In 1969 our
research spend was £205.
We launched our online discussion forum
for people affected by Parkinson's.
We introduced information and support
workers across the UK so everyone affected by Parkinson's has
access to the services they need.
2009 was our 40th Anniversary, when we looked back on our achievements made since 1969.
2009 was our 40th Anniversary, when we looked back on our
research achievements made since
We launched our Parkinson's Brain Donor Appeal asking people to
pledge to donate their brains for research. We now have over 2,300
new brain donors from across the UK.
Our Fair Care for Parkinson's
campaign put pressure on governments to improve access to the
health and social care for everyone affected by Parkinson's.
We set up our Campaigns Network,
allowing people with Parkinson's, their carers and families to get
directly involved in our campaign work.
changed our name to Parkinson's UK.
And we launched a new 5-year strategy
(2010-2014) focusing on finding a cure and improving life for
everyone affected by Parkinson's.
We were nominated and won the 'Charity
of the Year with income of more than £1million' category at the
prestigious Charity Times Awards.
This was a testament to all the incredible work that our
staff and volunteers do every day across the UK.
We launched Tracking Parkinson's,
the world's largest ever in-depth study of people with Parkinson's.
We need thousands of people with Parkinson's across the UK to get
At the end of the year, our first ever
public awareness campaign saw Parkinson's UK adverts appearing
on billboards, on trains and in newspapers across the UK.
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