Actress Jane Asher visits the Swindon branch of Parkinson’s UK.
By Mike Barham -19/11/2016
The Swindon and District Branch of Parkinson’s UK was thrilled to receive a visit from charity President Jane Asher on Thursday 17 November.
The actress joined members at their weekly Tai Chi class at the Swindon Therapy Centre for MS in West Swindon, which the local Parkinson’s UK group work in partnership with. Jane was able to see the benefits of exercise for people living with Parkinson’s, and she also took the time to speak to branch members, thanking them for their efforts in 2017.
Jane, who was inspired to help after her brother-in-law, Gordon Scarfe, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2004, said: “Local groups are a vital source of support for people affected by Parkinson’s, but they also host many activities that can help with daily life, from exercise to dance. These sessions are invaluable and wouldn’t be possible without the fantastic efforts of our volunteers.
“On behalf of Parkinson’s UK, I would like to thank everyone in the Swindon Branch for their hard work this year and for making me feel so welcome today.”
The Swindon and District branch offers information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers. They also organise regular events and social activities.
They hold monthly meetings at Grange Leisure Centre, Swindon, SN3 4JYon the last Friday of every month, but also have a packed itinerary between meetings. Everyone is welcome.
For more information on upcoming branch activities, contact Branch Chair Dave Logan on 01793 486 407 or see www.parkinsons.org.uk