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Parkinson's Support Group Gets Deserved Donation

February 07, 2008 11:59 AM

A support group who offer exercise to people affected by Parkinson’s Disease were today presented with a cheque for £2,500 by the local South East Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP).

The Mansionhouse Parkinson’s Support Group were presented with the cheque by Cathie Cowan, Director the South East CHCP to help continue the excellent work they do for patients with Parkinson’s Disease.

The group offers both support and exercise for its members on a weekly basis in Newlands Parish Church Hall. An exercise programme, provided by staff from Glasgow City Council’s Culture and Sport Department who have been trained to meet the needs of Parkinson sufferers, has been specially developed in conjunction with NHS physiotherapy staff and is designed to increase the patient’s suppleness, balance and gait. This increases the patient’s confidence in themselves helping them to stand upright, walk without falling over and sit in a chair unaided

Cathie Cowan was delighted to hand over the cheque to some of the Committee members. She said: “The Mansionhouse Parkinson’s Support Group offer a vital service to patient’s suffering from Parkinson’s.

“We hope this donation will help the group continue the good work they do for both patients and their carers.”

Running since 2004, the group have attendees from as far as Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire and South Lanarkshire. It currently has a membership of 70 people with 20 to 30 people attending each meeting.

Harry Hay, Committee Member is grateful to receive the donation. He said: “This donation is gratefully received and will be faithfully applied for the benefit of Parkinson’s sufferers and their carers in the south east of Glasgow.”

ENDS



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