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Jeremy Vine presents the BBC Lifeline Appeal on behalf of Parkinson's UK.

Jeremy Vine presents the BBC Lifeline Appeal on behalf of Parkinson’s UK

A shocking diagnosis. A life-changing surgery. Three generations of women diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Tune in to Parkinson's UK's BBC Lifeline Appeal this Sunday 19 January.

On Sunday 19 January, Jeremy Vine presents the BBC Lifeline Appeal on behalf of Parkinson’s UK.

He says: "I’m honoured to be supporting this appeal for Parkinson’s UK, Europe’s leading charitable funder of Parkinson’s research, and a cause that is very close to my heart. My dad lived with Parkinson’s for many years and sadly passed away in 2018."

The appeal will feature three people living with Parkinson’s: Donna, Thomas and Helena. lt will also explore the pioneering breakthroughs in treatments and critical support that you help fund. 

You can tune in to Parkinson’s UK’s BBC Lifeline Appeal at 1.50pm, Sunday 19 January on BBC1 and again at 1pm, Tuesday 21 January on BBC2.

If you live in Scotland, you can tune in to Parkinson’s UK’s BBC Lifeline Appeal at 1.30pm, Sunday 19 January on BBC1 Scotland. The appeal will also be available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

Meet the people featured in the appeal:

Donna

"We've had it for three generations in my family. I don't want it to go onto a fourth generation with my daughter."

Donna was told she had Parkinson’s in her early forties. Parkinson's nurses were vital in helping her come to terms, and cope, with her diagnosis. 

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Thomas, BBC Lifeline Appeal case study.

Thomas

"Any money that people give really helps. Because I know that money can go towards finding a cure."

Thomas was diagnosed with Parkinson's at just 15, after he developed a tremor and began struggling with his speech. Today, Thomas and his family are passionate about fundraising for potential new treatments and a cure through events like Walk for Parkinson's.

Helena

"Spending time with my grandchildren – it's impossible to describe how brilliant it is to be able do that."

Helena has lived with Parkinson’s for more than 18 years. But groundbreaking Deep Brain Stimulation surgery has turned her life around, making it easier to spend time with her family.