Brian Cant, who had Parkinson's, dies at 83
We are deeply saddened to hear that children's TV presenter Brian Cant has passed away.
Brian was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 1999 and today his family described him as having lived courageously with the condition for many years.
Best known as presenter of Play School and Play Away, he also voiced characters in Trumpton and Camberwick Green, becoming a cherished part of millions of people's childhoods.
Parkinson's didn't define Brian
Paul Jackson-Clark, Director of Fundraising at Parkinson's UK, said:
"Brian didn't let Parkinson's define him. He wasn't afraid to talk about his condition and he inspired many others, showing people how you can live positively with Parkinson's.
Brian wasn't afraid to talk about his condition and he inspired many others
"He was a great supporter of the work of Parkinson's UK to drive better research into the condition and ensure everyone diagnosed can access high quality care, wherever they live and at whatever stage of their journey.
"The fact that many of Brian's friends, family and those he came into contact with have donated to us in the past, raising thousands, is testament to just how highly he was regarded.
"We are incredibly grateful for this generosity, which will help us to continue the work Brian was so passionate about.
"Our thoughts are with Brian's family at this difficult time."