The Duchess of Gloucester and Mike Tindall join forces in support of the Parkinson’s community

Our Patron, The Duchess of Gloucester, and Cure Parkinson's Patron, Mike Tindall, joined a video call to talk about the need to find a cure for Parkinson's, a cause close to both their hearts.

The video call, released to mark the end of Parkinson's Awareness Month, features The Duchess of Gloucester and Mike Tindall talking about Mike's experiences of his father, Phil, living with the condition. Phil Tindall was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2003. 

They also thank carers, volunteers, researchers and fundraisers who dedicate their time to supporting people living with Parkinson's.

In the video Her Royal Highness says:

"I hope you will all continue doing this wonderful work. Many, many people are truly grateful to you all."

Mr Tindall adds:

"Thank you to everyone who is involved with any part of Parkinson’s. It means a lot to me."

The Duchess of Gloucester and Mike Tindall's message to the Parkinson's community

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Watch The Duchess of Gloucester and Mike Tindall's conversation for Parkinson's Awareness Month.

Working together

Her Royal Highness, who is a full-time working member of the Royal Family, has been Patron of Parkinson's UK since 1996.

Mike Tindall, who is married to The Queen’s granddaughter, Zara Tindall, has been a Patron of Cure Parkinson's since 2018. 

Parkinson's UK and Cure Parkinson's regularly collaborate on furthering life-changing research.

Together, apart

Despite the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Parkinson's community has rallied around. Embracing video calls to stay connected to local support groups, joining remote exercise classes and turning to online consultations with their healthcare teams.

Research has also continued, with trials adapted to become COVID-secure wherever possible. 

The theme of this year's World Parkinson's Day, 'Together, apart', was inspired by this spirit of togetherness, shown by the Parkinson’s community during lockdown.

During the video call Mike Tindall is wearing an exclusive Next T-shirt, designed by Genna, who has Parkinson's. 100% of profits go to Parkinson's UK. Buy an exclusive Next bag or T-shirt.

Connect with the Parkinson's community

On World Parkinson's Day, the Parkinson’s community came together to show that whatever your story, whatever your experience with Parkinson's, you're not alone. 

Whether you're staying at home or beginning to get out more, there are lots of ways to connect with other people in this community.