Parkinson's UK launches grant scheme in joint effort to keep community active

Parkinson's UK is launching a grant scheme with Sport Parkinson’s CIC to revolutionise the sport and exercise world for people living with Parkinson's.

Sport Parkinson's gives people living with Parkinson's the opportunity to participate in inclusive sport and physical activity across the world. It was founded by trio Charlie Appleyard, Matt Dimbylow and Garen Williams, who are all living with the condition.

Over the next 3 years, the initiative aims to raise £175,000 for the Parkinson's UK Active Community Grants Programme through a range of fundraising events. The funds will be used to set up new activities, expand existing programmes, pay for instructors and develop innovative pilot projects to roll out across the community.

Why is exercise important?

Parkinson's is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, and currently there is no cure. It affects around 145,000 people in the UK and there are over 40 symptoms that impact every aspect of people's lives. Many people with Parkinson's find they can't live like they used to.

But exercise can be as important as medication to help people with Parkinson's manage their symptoms. In fact doing 2.5 hours of exercise a week can slow the progression of symptoms. Find out more about exercise and Parkinson's, including how to stay active during the coronavirus pandemic.  

Access to sport and exercise for the Parkinson's community

Charlie Appleyard, Co-Founder and Director at Sport Parkinson's, said: 

"We are very excited to be launching this initiative to help people with Parkinson's keep healthy and strong until a cure comes along. We want to enable the Parkinson's community to get active, build relationships, gain access to subsidised sport and exercise and attend exciting events. It’s all about bringing the community together in difficult times and encouraging them to keep moving.

"We believe that we can share our vision of the future with others, a vision that is much bigger than Sport Parkinson's and Parkinson's UK. Above all we want to create an environment where every person with Parkinson's has a chance to reach their full potential."

Breaking down barriers for people with Parkinson's

Ghalib Ullah, Head of Commercial Partnerships at Parkinson's UK, said: 

"We’re delighted to be collaborating with such passionate ambassadors for Parkinson's to break down the barriers that exist for people with Parkinson's and keep them active. 

"Exercise is not only important for boosting the mental and physical wellbeing of so many living with this debilitating condition, but for building strong connections and confidence. We look forward to seeing the global Parkinson's community get active."

To find out more about Sport Parkinson's, visit www.sportparkinsons.com.