This partnership is led by people with Parkinson's
On World Parkinson’s Day 2021, we launched a partnership with Next led by Next designer Genna Douglas, who has Parkinson’s.
Since then Next has released 2 collections with 100% of profits going to Parkinson’s UK. The first, designed by Genna. The second, by internationally renowned artist Alex Echo, who also has Parkinson’s.
"If I can help spread awareness that’ll be fantastic."
Now, Next is launching a third collection of T-shirts and homewares with designer Eleanor Bowmer. Like most people, Eleanor didn’t realise you can get Parkinson’s at any age. She didn’t know there are over 40 symptoms:
"I had no idea you could get it at such a young age, I was so shocked. I was quite oblivious to who it could impact. Meeting Genna really opened my eyes to what Parkinson’s is. If I can help spread awareness that’ll be fantastic."
So, she’s teaming up with Next and Parkinson’s UK to tackle misconceptions about Parkinson’s and raise money for the Parkinson’s community with her bright, positive designs.
Get creative. Express yourself.
For Eleanor, being creative is an escape:
"One of the reasons I love my job is because you’ve got that expression, you’ve got that freedom. You can paint and not really think about anyone else. It’s an outlet. To get your mind off reality, switch off, be expressive. It’s so important."
And being creative is particularly good for you if you have Parkinson’s. It can help you take control of your condition. It can boost your confidence. It can help you focus on something positive.
When we come together as a community, love shines
Alex Echo said:
"I know I’m not alone with the Parkinson’s community".
Living with Parkinson’s is tough. But when we come together as a community, it makes everything a little bit easier.
We have loads of ways for you to get involved. From fundraising to taking part in research, there's something for everyone.