Martin Whitfield MP is backing a major charity campaign to shine a spotlight on Parkinson’s, to raise understanding of and change attitudes towards the condition.

Parkinson’s UK Parkinson’s Is campaign, which launches on World Parkinson’s Day (11 April), aims to shatter public misconceptions about the condition by highlighting the reality of everyday life for those living with it and their families.

Parkinson’s is a serious neurological condition with more than 40 symptoms that affects people of all ages. It causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. Currently there is no cure. 12,400 people in Scotland have Parkinson’s and about 30 people are diagnosed each week.

But according to recent research from Parkinson’s UK, 8 in 10 people with Parkinson’s believe that awareness and understanding is low because people don’t consider it to be a serious condition – and only associate it with one symptom – a tremor.

Martin Whitfield MP said:

One in 37 of us will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in our lifetime, and I’m proud to support Parkinson’s UK’s new campaign to challenge widely held misconceptions about the condition.

“I urge people to visit the charity’s website to find out more about how they can get involved in Parkinson’s Is.”

Annie Macleod, Scotland Director of Parkinson’s UK said:

“Despite the fact that Parkinson’s is the second most common neurodegenerative condition after Alzheimer’s, many people still don’t understand what Parkinson’s is or how it affects people.

“We hope our new Parkinson’s Is campaign which sees people across Scotland and the rest of the UK share how the condition affects their lives will raise awareness and help correct public misconceptions about this much misunderstood condition.

“We’re grateful for the support of Martin to help bring this message to a wider audience and help change the lives of thousands of people in Scotland and the UK for the better.”

For more information about charity Parkinson’s UK’s new Parkinson’s Is campaign visit www.parkinsons.org.uk/parkinsons-is