TWO events are being held for people living with Parkinson’s disease.

The Parkinson’s open meetings will take place on February 11, in Barnard Castle Methodist Church and February 14, in Bishop Auckland Methodist Church.

Anyone living with Parkinson’s - an incurable neurological condition which gets worse over time - is invited to come along to either event from 10.30am to 11.30am.

Kirsty McDowell, who is organising the open events for Parkinson’s UK, said: “I’m aware of the huge benefits of people meeting others in the same situation. There’s nothing like this available in the area at the moment which is why I was really keen to get people together and find out what they would like”.

One in 350 adults in UK have Parkinson’s; a neurological condition which can leave people struggling to walk, speak and sleep. Most people who get Parkinson's are aged 50 or over but a small percentage of those have symptoms that start to appear before the age of 40. There's currently no cure for Parkinson's, which is a progressive neurological condition where the symptoms get worse over time.

Ms McDowell added: “These open meetings are the perfect opportunity for people with the condition to meet others and let Parkinson’s UK know what activities they would like locally. In other areas we run social meetings, drop-in cafes, exercise sessions and even singing for Parkinson’s. We’re really flexible and would like to hear from everyone about what they would like in their locality.”

To find out more and to book your place, contact Ms McDowell on 0344-2253601 or