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Up your friendly Parkinson's UK campaign

Up your friendly

Thanks to everyone who supported the Up your friendly campaign during Parkinson's Awareness Week 2015 (20-26 April).

Together we reached millions of people and helped raise public awareness and understanding of Parkinson's.

Up your friendly

We asked the public to 'up your friendly'. This challenged people to do something friendly to benefit society as a whole, and particularly people with Parkinson's.

We wanted to make life a little easier for people with Parkinson's by showing how being patient and kind can make a huge difference.

What were the highlights in 2015?

Watch our short film to see what happened in Parkinson's Awareness Week.


Incredible stuff all over the media from @ParkinsonsUK for their awareness week.

Rona, via Twitter

  • We got over 1,650 pieces of media coverage and reached over 2 million people on Facebook.
  • And with your support everyone who shared #upyourfriendly on Twitter made the message go even further, reaching millions more online.
  • Hundreds of events took place right across the UK, from quiz nights to cake sales and information stands.
  • And we raised over £105,000 to continue our work supporting people with the condition.

Why up your friendly?

Parkinson's symptoms can make simple everyday tasks a real struggle.

A helping hand or friendly word can brighten up anyone's day. But for the 127,000 people with Parkinson's in the UK, being patient and kind means much more.

A bit of kindness and consideration makes all the difference when you have Parkinson's.

Diane Kay

Diane Kay says: "I was in a supermarket, struggling packing my bags. I was accused of being drunk.

"But I'd recently been diagnosed and my medication wasn't working yet."

Watch this video for more from Diane, who featured in the up your friendly campaign:

You can watch the main up your friendly campaign film, if you missed it in April.

What are the Parkinson's Awareness Week 2016 dates?

Parkinson's Awareness Week 2016 is 18-24 April.

How can I keep up to date with new campaigns?

For the latest updates from Parkinson's UK, ways to get involved, and Parkinson's information and support: