CHRIS WOOD STARTS A FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN FOR PARKINSON RELIEF

The artist demonstrates how art can have a strong impact in healthcare

Published on 24 August 2018

British artist Chris Wood has taken initiative to raise money for the British charity Parkinson's UK by starting an art raffle where participants will have the chance to win a variety of prizes.

Donations are open at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chriswoodlight

The deadline for donations is on Wednesday 29th August.

  

About Parkinson's

Parkinson’s disease is a type of movement disorder that can affect the ability to perform common, daily activities. It is a chronic and progressive disease, meaning that the symptoms become worse over time. The three main symptoms of Parkinson's disease are: involuntary shaking of particular parts of the body (tremor), slow movement and stiff and inflexible muscles.

People with Parkinson's have a shortage of the chemical dopamine because some of the nerve cells that make it have died. There are lots of different treatments, therapies and support available to help manage the condition. 

The disease is caused by a loss of nerve cells in a part of the brain called the 'substantia nigra'. This leads to a reduction in a chemical called dopamine in the brain. Dopamine plays a vital role in regulating the movement of the body. A reduction in dopamine is responsible for many of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease. Exactly what causes the loss of nerve cells is unclear. Most experts think that a combination of genetic and environmental factors is responsible.

It is estimated that over 10 million people worldwide have been affected by the disease. 

   

About Parkinson's UK

Parkinson's UK is the main Parkinson's support and research charity in the UK. They help individuals living with the disease to find support groups in their local area, help towards finding a cure for the disease and raise awareness and resources by fundraising, campaigning and volunteering. 

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