Support Our Emergency Appeal: help us deliver critical support

Parkinson’s puts people at increased risk of complications if they get coronavirus. 

The face-to-face support we usually provide is no longer possible. We’re adapting our support to make sure we reach everyone who needs us.

But we can’t do it alone. We need to raise £95,000 every week to guarantee critical support to people over the coming months. Your gift means someone will be on the phone, or online, ready to provide the support that people need, wherever they are, when they need it most.

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We can get through this crisis. Together.

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Donate today and help us be here for everyone who needs us. 
 

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Since 16 March, we’ve seen a sharp increase in calls to our helpline. We’re rapidly expanding our online, telephone and postal support to make sure we reach everyone who needs us.

While local advisers can no longer visit people face-to-face, they’re reaching out over the phone and online. We’ve launched a Facebook community group, where people can come together online to share encouragement, advice and challenges. We’ve introduced “Staying active at home” – online exercise classes tailored for people with Parkinson’s at home.

Demand for these services will continue to rise. But, donations have decreased. Will you donate today and ensure we can continue to be here when people need us most? 

We're here for you

We have a range of information and support to help you during this challenging time. Our friendly helpline advisers are also available to take your call if you have any concerns, questions, or need further advice.

Helpline (0808 800 0303)
Managing anxiety and Parkinson's
Going into hospital when you have Parkinson's
Further information and support from Parkinson’s UK

Community Facebook Group 

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These projects may be paused. But they still need funding ready to restart as soon as possible

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We know in Parkinson’s, mitochondria, the "batteries" that power our cells, don’t always work properly. Researchers believe that finding proteins that can fix the recycling process of these dysfunctioning batteries, could protect dopamine-producing cells from energy failure and death. 

In an exciting new project, a team of researchers are investigating how improving this process could pave the way to a new treatment that could slow down or even stop Parkinson’s. 

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In this world first clinical trial, Professor Sagnik Bhattacharyya and Dr Latha Velayudhan at Kings College London (KCL) will be testing whether cannabidiol (CBD) can treat Parkinson’s psychosis symptoms with the help of the Virtual Biotech.

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Dr Susan Duty’s investigating the impact 2 already existing drugs have on increasing a protein known for its protective effects on dopamine-producing brain cells. 

We already know the loss of dopamine-producing cells cause symptoms of Parkinson's. Boosting the brain’s supply of a protein (called FGF20) could protect dopamine production. This could provide the potential to slow, stop or reverse Parkinson’s. 

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