TV presenter Graham Norton, has issued a rallying cry urging everyone to Party for Parkinson’s this summer.
He is channelling his love of social occasions into backing a new campaign aimed at helping people with Parkinson’s by sprinkling a little party magic across the UK.
Whether it’s a barbecue, street or house party, Parkinson’s UK hopes to encourage people to turn their gatherings into a real cause for celebration by helping to raise funds for the charity.
Graham, whose father lived with Parkinson’s for many years, explains: “Don’t be a party pooper. Get into the party spirit and invite family, friends and neighbours to your very own Party for Parkinson’s for a day to remember.
“Make it happen by hosting your own party, and you will be helping Parkinson’s UK to raise vital funds to improve the lives of the 127,000 in the UK living with the condition.
“Together and with your help, we can find a cure for Parkinson’s.”.
To help your party go with a bang, Parkinson’s UK have created some special additions for their free party pack. People really wanting to paint the town blue can also order special downloadable decorations in the charity’s trademark colour.
Clare Chater, head of events at Parkinson’s UK, added: “There’s no better time to hold a party for Parkinson’s. By holding your own party you can help celebrate The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and raise vital funds for us at the same time.
“But as Graham says, you can hold your party at any time. Why not have a birthday or anniversary party? Or use any other excuse for a party you can think of!”