Parkinson’s UK was established to fund research into Parkinson’s disease and to help improve care, treatment and quality of life for those affected by Parkinson’s. Today, the charity’s ultimate vision is to find a cure for Parkinson’s by overcoming its symptoms, one at a time.
Originally named the Parkinson’s Disease Society, the organisation was founded by Mali Jenkins. Mali’s futile attempts to find out as much as she could about the disease, and to find associations for people affected by it, led to her leading her own research and setting up her own charity. And so, in 1969, the Parkinson’s Disease Society was established.
Five decades later, the charity, now known as Parkinson’s UK, provides a vast support network of health and social care professionals, supporting those affected by Parkinson’s disease across the United Kingdom. The charity continues to grow, with two main focuses: funding breakthrough research to find treatments and, ultimately, a cure for Parkinson’s disease; and improving treatment, quality of life, and care of people affected by the condition.
Parkinson UK’s Mission:
To influence and fund research into building a greater understanding of Parkinson’s disease, developing treatments and, ultimately, a cure.
To provide information, support and advice to help people living with Parkinson’s to manage their condition.
To offer a network of support, friendship and opportunities, helping to improve quality of live for all people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers.
To raise awareness of the condition, changing perceptions of Parkinson’s and continually striving to improve services.
The valuable work undertaken by the charity extends beyond the skilled staff that work for the organisation; Parkinson’s UK brings people living with the disease together, sharing advice, experience and support in a vast community of people joined by a common cause: to beat Parkinson’s and improve quality of life.