CHARITY Parkinson’s UK has launched a new exercise class in Barnard Castle and is calling for those affected by the condition to get involved.

The idea behind the new weekly course is to help people manage their Parkinson’s symptoms through gentle exercise and physical activity in a fun and friendly environment.

The classes, which will be held at Barnard Castle Methodist Church every Friday, from 1pm to 2.30pm, will cover both seated and standing exercises, tailored for people with Parkinson’s.

Kirsty McDowell, area development manager for Parkinson’s UK, said: “It is the first time we have offered the Parkinson’s community a regular exercise class in the area, so we really hope they get involved and bring friends and family along too.

“People with Parkinson’s have told us that exercise and physical activity is equally if not more important than their medication to help take control and manage their symptoms, so we hope that that this will hugely beneficial.

“No previous experience is required, and we look forward to welcoming people of all ages and abilities on the course.”

The charity funds pioneering research, information, support and campaigning around Parkinson's– a serious degenerative neurological condition which can happen at any age and which around 5,900 people in the North East have been diagnosed with.

Sessions cost £2 which includes tea and biscuits and can be paid on the door, for information contact Kirsty McDowell on 07964-036930 or email kmcdowell@parkinsons.org.uk