A CHARITY dedicated to informing and supporting people with Parkinson’s will officially launch its new image from Monday as part of a major revamp.
The Parkinson’s Disease Society will be rebranded Parkinson’s UK and will be hosting a series of events from April 19 to April 25, to coincide with Parkinson’s Awareness Week.
Events held to mark the week include an information stand at the Countess of Chester Hospital on Monday, and a similar stand at Boots Foregate Street Store on Tuesday, which will be visited by the Lord Mayor of Chester at 2pm.
The branch’s spring lunch will be held on the Mill Hotel Barge on Friday, April 23.
Colin Cheesman, honorary secretary of the national body and the Chester branch, explained the reasoning behind the name change.
He said: “The word ‘disease’ is totally inappropriate for the condition, as it cannot be caught or passed on and the word ‘society’ suggests a learned institution rather than an active and campaigning organisation.
“Our logo is recognised by hardly anyone, and that too will be dropped.”
Local branch chairman John Knight is also pleased at the launch of new co-operative arrangements with the Multiple Sclerosis Support Centre in Saltney.
He said: “This has given us a wonderful opportunity for the first time to have access to dedicated facilities that are superbly equipped to provide a whole range of therapies and support services for people with Parkinson’s.
“The year 2010 looks like being a brilliant year for us.”
For information and support, call the Parkinson’s UK free confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303 or visit parkinsons.org.uk.