People affected by Parkinson’s across the Fylde coast have been reminded about the support available to them.

World Parkinson’s Day was celebrated this week and members of the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Branch of Parkinson’s UK have been out and about promoting awareness of the condition and letting people know that support is available locally.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. This means it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time.

More than 500 people across the Fylde coast have been diagnosed with the condition and the support group wants people to know there is help available for patients and their carers.

Mary Whyham, Chairman of the Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Branch of Parkinson’s UK, said: “The group supported the case to appoint specialist Parkinson’s Nurses across the area and is very proud of that fact and proud of the work they do.

“We also have a support worker who gives advice on topics such as benefits, health, financial and mobility issues as well as support groups that meet regularly in areas such as Fleetwood, Lytham, Blackpool and Stanah with guest speakers and outings.

“There really is a lot of support across the Fylde coast and our main message to people affected by Parkinson’s is that ’you are not alone.’

“We can signpost people to the right place for them. It can be a scary time when people are diagnosed and we can help in so many ways. We have a wealth of information at our fingertips and nobody needs to suffer in silence.

“We are there to help if you need us.’’

The Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Branch of Parkinson’s UK meets at 7.30pm on the first Monday of the month at Cleveleys Park Methodist Church Hall.

The Over Wyre Support Group meets at 2pm on the fourth Thursday of the month at Preesall Youth and Community Centre.

For details of local support contact Mary on 01253 893571 or Marjorie Fleming, Membership Secretary, on 01253 868086.

For information about Parkinson’s go to www.parkinson.org.uk