Steve Ford, Chief Executive of Parkinson's UK

Parkinson's UK comments on Sir Roger Bannister


Parkinson's UK Chief Executive Steve Ford comments on the news announced today that Sir Roger Bannister, who shared in 2014 that he had Parkinson's, has passed away.

Commenting on the death of Sir Roger Bannister Steve Ford, Chief Executive of Parkinson’s UK said:

“We’re very saddened to hear of the death of Sir Roger Bannister. He inspired a generation of runners and he will leave a lasting legacy on athletics.

“Off the track, Sir Roger trained to become a neurologist, which gave him a unique perspective on his own diagnosis of Parkinson’s.  

“Sir Roger spoke publicly about his condition and his positive outlook, taking each day as it came, will have provided comfort to others in his situation.

“There are currently 145,000 people living with Parkinson’s in the UK. It is a progressive, fluctuating condition that affects everybody differently, and can change on a daily or even hourly basis. Many people can live for years with Parkinson’s and live a full and active life. However, it does affect some people quickly and severely.

“The important thing is that there is plenty of support available. Anyone needing advice about Parkinson’s or support can call our free and confidential helpline 0808 800 0303 or visit

“Our thoughts are with Sir Roger’s family at this sad time.”