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MoveMe - physio-led exercise classes

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Martin's 1000-mile Support Epic

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Our latest Newsletter (July 2019)

Our latest Newsletter (July 2019)

How we can help you to stay active

How we can help you to stay active

Fundraising by members and friends

2019Fundraising by members and friends

Participate in local research

Participate in local research

Financial and other support for you

Financial and other support for you

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Oxford Walk for Parkinson’s 2019
Our biggest fundraiser of the year, the Oxford Walk for Parkinson’s, took place on Sunday 22nd September, with about 170 walkers taking part. Proceeds from the Walk are earmarked to support Dr Laura Parkinnen’s research at Oxford Parkinson’s Disease Centre. Full details of the event are at this link on the Parkinson’s UK website.
USEFUL INFORMATION RESOURCES LIST from our September meeting
At our September 2019 meeting, our Secretary Pen Keyte presented a collection of resources and support that can help to answer your questions raised in the August meeting. It's available online, with clickable web links, by following this link.
200 Club annual subscriptions NOW DUE

Our 200 Club is a fun way to contribute to Branch funds and have a chance to win £25 or £12.50 every month. If you’re already a member, or would like to join in this year, now is the time to make your low annual payment. Full details on the 200 Club page of this website.

Research projects invite our participation
Two interesting research projects are recruiting participants now.

The first, led by King’s College London and funded by Parkinson’s UK, will study the effectiveness of computer-based tasks designed to change and reduce unhelpful anxious patterns of thought that are often encountered in depression and also in Parkinson’s. No travel is required; all activities are in your own time using your own computer. You can find more about this research, and register to participate, on the project’s website.

Another project, at the Open University, is recruiting people with Parkinson’s who have impaired gait (shuffling, short steps, uneven steps). The project will investigate the effectiveness of a small bracelet device providing a vibration stimulus that may help with gait problems. Participants will wear the device, in their own homes, for a short time every day over two or more weeks. If you are interested in taking part, please contact Annemarie Zijlema on annemarie.zijlema@open.ac.uk or 07706 530656.

Researcher's public engagement is honoured
We’re delighted to learn that Dr Julien Carponcy has received the Director’s Award for Public Engagement at the MRC Brain Networks Dynamics Unit here in Oxford. Julien received the award for his work in setting up the In Control By Design project - a fascinating inter-disciplinary activity involving researchers, people with Parkinson’s, Pitt Rivers museum staff, and artists. Several Branch members are involved and have already attended the first two project workshops. You can learn more about the award on the MRC BNDU website at this link.
Picnic at Blenheim Palace, 11th July 2019
Once again we enjoyed a picnic together in the wonderful setting of Blenheim Palace’s Pleasure Gardens. It’s an ideal location with easy level access, convenient facilities, and shade under handsome trees. We are very grateful to the Palace for generously offering us free admission and for providing very helpful staff who moved tables and chairs to suit our needs.
QUEEN'S AWARD FOR SWINDON BRANCH
Swindon Branch hard at work

We are thrilled that our good friends in Swindon Branch have been granted the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. The award was formally presented to Dave Logan and his team by Sarah Troughton, Lord Lieutenant of Wiltshire, on 17th July.

You can read more about the background to this prestigious award in an article in the Swindon Advertiser at this link.

New material on our Research page
Our Research Officer, Kevin McFarthing, has been busy again! Alongside a wealth of other useful material, he's added a comprehensive survey of Parkinson's therapies currently in trial or development. You can find it all on our research pages.