Parkinson’s UK Media statement

Parkinson’s UK Media statement

Wed 08 Mar 2017

Parkinson’s UK first became a guest charity of the National Garden Scheme in 2013, and is now entering their 5th year in partnership.

They were honoured to be the first guest charity in the incredible 90-year history of the National Garden Scheme to become a permanent beneficiary. To date, the blossoming relationship has raised an incredible £622,000 – enabling the funding of Parkinson’s nurses, a lifeline to thousands of people across the UK.

People like Alan, who first opened his garden for the scheme 13 year ago. When Parkinson’s UK became a guest charity, Alan hadn’t heard of the charity – but just a year later he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s – a progressive, neurological condition. Partnering with the National Garden Scheme allows Parkinson’s UK to reach families like Alan’s, and fund vital care so they don’t have to face Parkinson’s alone.

Steve Ford, Chief Executive of Parkinson’s UK explains: “Since we joined forces, Parkinson’s UK has contributed to more than 40 new nursing posts – an incredible achievement which just wouldn’t be possible without funding from significant donors like the National Garden Scheme. It has been an absolute pleasure to see our partnership grow and flourish year on year.

“A highlight for me was the launch of “Gardens and Health” and learning about the huge impact gardening can have on the nation’s health. We know many people with Parkinson’s find that gardening is a therapeutic escape from daily life with the condition, and hope to increase awareness of this health benefit.

“We’re incredibly grateful to be united with such an innovative organisation. In our 5th year in partnership, we’re looking forward to working together to drive change in health policy, and continue our partnership legacy – improving care for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.”

Paul Jackson-Clark, Director of Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, is also excited about the year ahead. “In honour of our wonderful partnership, Parkinson’s UK colleagues will be cycling between 90 gardens over the National Garden Scheme anniversary weekend. We have teams cycling across Wales, Yorkshire and London from 27-29 May – I highly recommend everyone checks out the NGS website to plan their garden visits too!”

For more information about the Parkinson’s UK partnership with the NGS and the Parkinson’s UK cycle challenge, please visit


Media enquiries
Please contact Jill Davis, Fundraising PR Manager, on 0207 932 1335 or email Out of hours: 07961 460248

About Parkinson’s UK
Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson’s. It affects 127,000 people in the UK – which is around one in 500 of the population.

Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity.

Parkinson’s UK is the UK’s leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.

For advice, information and support, visit or call our free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.