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A media marathon for World Parkinson’s Day

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To mark World Parkinson’s Day, Parkinson’s UK will be embarking on an exciting 24-hour media marathon to show what Parkinson’s truly is.

A team of people living with the condition and spokespeople from Parkinson’s UK are ready to share their stories and offer expert comment on TV, radio, in print and online as we #UniteForParkinsons throughout the day and evening.

Because Parkinson’s affects everyone differently, we have people who can talk about every aspect of the condition, including research, symptoms, stigma, young onset, and hereditary Parkinson’s.

Raising public awareness

Talking about Parkinson’s in the media is a crucial way to raise awareness of Parkinson’s. With just one national media interview, we can reach hundreds of thousands of people, who may not know much about Parkinson’s, to highlight the reality of living with Parkinson’s and what we most want them to know.

Regional media also has a big part to play and we’ll be targeting BBC radio stations up and down the country.  

Amy Dodge, Media and PR Manager at Parkinson’s UK, explains:

“Our aim is to make sure as many people as possible hear or read about Parkinson’s in the 24-hours of World Parkinson’s Day.

“We’ve been working hard, talking to media about the day and setting up potential interview opportunities and we’re really excited to see the results on Wednesday 11 April.

“Of course, none of this would be possible without our volunteers who are willing to share what Parkinson’s truly is to them. Personal stories are vital to raise awareness of Parkinson’s in the media, so look out for their stories being shared on the day, which you’ll also be able to see on our website.”

Take a look at the coverage below.

The coverage

Morning

00:00   LBC Radio interviewed Professor David Dexter, Deputy Director of Research at Parkinson’s UK

00:05   Kingdom FM features our story on World Parkinson’s Day  

01:00   BBC News features a story on Alex Hill who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 11

01:30   Talk Radio interviewed Professor David Dexter, Deputy Director of Research at Parkinson’s UK

02:00   The Daily Mirror Northern Ireland features our news story about World Parkinson's Day

03:30   Donate Today features our news story about World Parkinson’s Day and how the complexity of Parkinson’s is massively underestimated in the UK

04:00   The Belfast Telegraph features our news story about World Parkinson's Day

05:00   The Daily Express features a story on Emma Lawton who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 29

05:00   We were featured on Sky news bulletins

06:00   We were featured on Heart North East news bulletins

06:00   u105 radio interviewed Nicola Moore, Director of Parkinson's UK in Northern Ireland

06:00   q105 radio interviewed Anne Donnelly, Area Development Manager for Parkinson's UK 

06:00   Downtown Radio interviewed a local man who has Parkinson's

07:00   Kingdom FM interviewed comedy writer and Parkinson's UK supporter Paul Mayhew-Archer

07:00   BBC Radio Lancashire interviewed comedy writer and Parkinson’s UK supporter Paul Mayhew-Archer

07:25   BBC Radio Suffolk interviews a local person with Parkinson’s and Ramilla Patel, Area Manager for Parkinson’s UK

08:00   Digital Agenda features a story on Emma Lawton who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 29

08:00   BBC Radio Lancashire interviewed Claire Bale, Head of Research Communications at Parkinson's UK

08:00   BBC Radio Foyle interviewed Anna Murray, Area Development Manager at Parkinson’s UK

09:15   Sky News Sunrise interviewed both Paul Mayhew-Archer and Steve Ford

09:30   BFBS Radio UK (Forces Network) interviewed Paul Mayhew-Archer

09:30   Yahoo News features a video of Donna Marshall who has Parkinson’s. Donna’s mum and grandmother also had Parkinson’s.

09:45   BBC Radio Devon interviewed Paul Mayhew-Archer

10:00   BBC Radio Scotland interview with Sky Sports presenter and Parkinson’s UK supporter Dave Clark and Annie Macleod, Parkinson’s UK Director in Scotland

10:15   Central FM interview with Dave Clark

10:30   BBC Radio Cambridgeshire interview with Steve Ford

10:30   The Voice features the story of a mother with Parkinson’s

10:50   Huffington Post features a blog by Steve Ford

11:00   BBC regional stations interviews with Paul Mayhew-Archer

11:00   Daily Mail features a story on Dave Clark following on from his tweets supporting World Parkinson’s Day

11:10   BBC Radio Shropshire interviews Paul Mayhew-Archer

11:30   BBC Radio Sheffield interviews Paul Mayhew-Archer

Afternoon

12:15   96.5 Bolton FM interview with Dave Clark

12:00   BBC Radio Lancashire interview with Dave Clark

12:30   BFBS Radio UK (Forces Network) interview with Dave Clark and Katherine Crawford, Director of Support and Local Networks at Parkinson's UK 

12:45   BBC Radio Leeds interview with Dave Clark

13:30   BBC Radio Leicester interviews Dave Clark

13:30   Huffington Post features a blog by mum of two Michelle Harvey who was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s at the age of 43

14:00   Basingstoke Gazette covers the story that MP Maria Miller and her team have signed up to Parkinson’s UK’s workplace training as part of World Parkinson’s Day

14:30   Sino FM interview with journalist and Parkinson's UK supporter John Stapleton

15:15   BBC Radio Derby interview with John Stapleton

16:35   BBC Radio Solent interview with Claire Bale, Head of Research Communications at Parkinson’s UK

Evening

17:00   ITV News features Shamsa’s story, mum of two who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at 28

18:00   ITV Calendar interview with Claire Bale, Head of Research Communications at Parkinson's UK, and Leanne Owen from Yorkshire, who has Parkinson's 

18:00   That’s Lancashire visits a local Parkinson’s UK group

18:30   BBC South East interview with Sarah and Alex Hill and Professor David Dexter, Deputy Director of Research at Parkinson's UK

19:00   That’s Lancashire visits a local Parkinson’s UK group

19:00   Coach Mag interview with Joe Lacy who has Parkinson’s and is running the London Marathon this year in support of Parkinson’s UK

20:10   Local Radio interview with Dave Clark

20:00   That’s Lancashire visits a local Parkinson’s UK group

21:00   That’s Lancashire visits a local Parkinson’s UK group

22:00   BBC Radio 5 live interview with Emma Lawton and Matt Eagles who both have Parkinson's 

22:00   That’s Lancashire visits a local Parkinson’s UK group

22:45   BBC Radio 5live interview with Matt Eagles and Emma Lawton

23:00   That’s Lancashire visits a local Parkinson’s UK group

Emma Lawton

Get involved

Share your story – join in on social media on 11 April by sharing our media coverage or your own video with #UniteForParkinsons.

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