Coffee, Cakes and Conversation to support Parkinson's UK

Cheltenham's prestigious Bowling Club in Suffolk Square provides a magnificent backdrop for Home Instead Senior's Care's coffee morning this week.

The event, organised in support of Parkinson's UK, is being held on Thursday 1st August from 10.30am to 12.30pm. Entry is free and there will be cake and bric-a-brac stalls, a raffle and lots of good conversation, all provided by Home Instead staff.

Around one person in every 500 has Parkinson's, which is about 127,000 people in the UK. Most people are diagnosed with Parkinson's between the ages of 55 and 74, but one in 20 are diagnosed under the age of 40.

Parkinson's UK is a support and research charity which is committed to finding a cure and improving life for everyone affected by Parkinson's. They provide a wide range of information and support, including expert staff and nurses, a free confidential helpline, a very useful website (www.parkinson' and more than 360 local groups.

In Gloucestershire there are branches in Cheltenham, Cirencester & Stroud, Gloucester, North Cotswolds and Tewkesbury which offer support through regular meetings, informative talks, social events and newsletters. There is also a Cotswolds Younger Parkinson's Network Group.

Home Instead provides award-winning care and support to older people in their own homes, enabling them to stay independent at home for longer. It provides specialist support for people with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia as well as Parkinson's.

Director of Home Instead Amanda Hamer is encouraging people of all ages to come along and support the event: "Parkinson's UK really does make a difference to people diagnosed with Parkinson's and we are delighted to be supporting them through our coffee morning. All proceeds go directly to Parkinson's UK in Gloucestershire and we are inviting anyone interested to pop in for coffee or a chat. It's also a great opportunity to visit the Bowling Club, find out more about it and see the greens which are stunning!"