Suzanne's story - why volunteering is so important

"Volunteers are the human face of the charity. Their experience of living with Parkinson's is invaluable."

12 years ago, Suzanne Bourne's husband Matt was diagnosed with Parkinson's, aged just 31.

Below she explains the support the couple have had from Parkinson's UK, why she decided to give back as a volunteer - and why volunteers are vital to our work.


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"When Matt was diagnosed, our local branch was absolutely great, even though they didn't know us. I can't think where else or how else in life I would have met such a variety of people.

"You realise that this service wouldn't be available without all the volunteers doing their bit. So I decided to volunteer."

In this video, Suzanne talks about the importance of volunteering.

Find a volunteer role for you

From cheering on our marathon runners to running one of our local groups, there are so many ways you can volunteer. Join us today!

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Elaine's story - volunteering with Parkinson's

"Just because you've got Parkinson's you don’t need to be sitting at home doing nothing. Give it a go. You'll get a lot back."