Portsmouth hosts its first-ever Parkinson’s conference

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‘NOBODY has to suffer alone with Parkinson’s’ – that’s the message from the organiser of Portsmouth’s first Parkinson’s conference.

The event is taking place at the Mountbatten Leisure Centre, at Alexandra Park, on Tuesday, June 28.

Run by Working Age Parkinson’s Portsmouth, it aims to connect people with the support they need whether that be in benefits, care, therapy, activities or elsewhere.

It comes as fresh figures reveal around 400 people have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the city and Parkinson’s UK groups reach only about a third of them.

Organiser Andy Cuenca said: ‘Parkinson’s can be difficult to cope with as there’s no cure for it at the moment.

‘But there’s a lot of research taking place. It’s crucial we let people know about this.’

The conference will feature key speeches from Parkinson’s experts, with small group workshops covering dance, movement, voice and care.

The day runs from 10am to 4pm and costs £5 per person.

Those keen on attending are being urged to arrive at 9.30am and to pre-book their tickets.

For more information about the day, or to pay for tickets, call Andy Cuenca, on (023) 92 55962 or 07958 711511 or email andresjcuenca@yahoo.co.uk