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Wednesday, 22 February 2017

Raising Awareness of Parkinson's with #ReadEatBlog

Charity has always been really important to me and something I always try and incorporate into the blogger events I organise via LDN meet up. I feel very strongly that as bloggers we have a platform and a voice to raise awareness of causes, events, charities that are important to us. Personally, I also like to get other people involved in my love for charity by raising money at LDN meet up events and volunteering together. 

Whilst I have previously run many charity focused blogger events, I raise awareness on social media but my blog always gets forgotten about which is something I vowed to change in 2017. 


Raising Awareness of Parkinson's


This weekend I finally put on an event that I've had the idea for for over a year but have never got around to actually organising it. The idea behind #ReadEatBlog was for a group of bloggers to meet up in a casual setting, a pub or restaurant and everyone brings along a book (or books) to put in a sack. We then spread all the books out and for however many books you added to the pile, you got to take that many home with you, so the idea is that everyone leaves with new books. Of course the most important part of the event was that everyone who attended donated an amount to charity. 

The charity for this event was chosen by Becky as Parkinson's. I'm so delighted to say that the 9 of us raised £71.50 between us for Parkinson's which is so great. I'm really proud of everyone's generosity for the cause as their work is so vital. Research costs so much money, they really do need every penny to continue their work. 

What is Parkinson's?

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition caused by the lack of dopamine because some of their nerve cells in their brain have died. The lack of dopamine means movements can become slower and other symptoms can start showing signs. 
Symptoms

Main symptoms of Parkinson's include, tremor (shaking), slowness of movement, rigidity (stiffness) but can also include other symptoms such as, bladder and bowel problems, falls and dizziness, fatigue, speech and communication problems, swallowing problems, hallucinations and delusions and memory problems and many more. 

Scale of Parkinson's

There's currently no cure for Parkinson's and we don't yet know why people get the condition but one person in every 500 has Parkinson's. That's about 127,000 people in the UK. Most people who get Parkinson's are aged 50 or over but younger people can get it too. 

Where does our money go?

Parkinson's are currently supporting over 50 groundbreaking Parkinson's research projects worth over £20million across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland to work towards more understanding and eventually a cure.

Here are just a few examples of how our support can make a difference to the work that Parkinson's does:

£5 could pay for a week of nutrients to grow brain cells in the lab for research.
£14 could pay for one of their helpline advisers to give someone newly diagnosed the support and information they need
£20 could fund an hour of care from a specialist Parkinson's nurse
£40 could pay for an education session in a hospital ward
£250 could fund a day of research

For every £1 donated, 80p is sent on making life better for people with Parkinson's and 20p is spent on raising the next £1.

World Parkinson's Day

11 April 2017 marks 200 years since Parkinson's was first recognised as a medical condition. To mark this day, Parkinson's are asking everyone to unite and raise awareness about Parkinson’s by using the hashtag #UniteForParkinsons. Just using the hashtag on social media on the day will help, but for more ideas of ways to get involved visit www.worldparkinsonsday.com.

Help and more information

For help and information on Parkinson's, please see below for their contact details.

Call their confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303
Or email hello@parkinsons.org.uk.
See what help is available in your local area.

Thank you to everyone who came to #ReadBlogEat, There will be more book related events coming to LDN meet up as well, of course, as lots more charity events. 

Please take a moment to read up about Parkinson's and spread the word about #UniteForParkinsons

Love Lauren xx
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  1. Well done for raising money for a cause that is very close to my heart. Such a great idea x

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