PARKINSON’S: Vital respite can be offered

With Parkinson’s Awareness Week upon us, I’d like to tell readers about Parkinson’s disease.

It’s a progressive disease, which inhibits the way the brain controls movements such as walking, talking and writing. It affects nearly 130,000 people in the UK.

There are many well known people living with the disease, including boxing legend Muhammad Ali. Because of his condition, Ali’s public appearances are now rare. Unfortunately, being house-bound is a problem for many people with advanced Parkinson’s.

People with the disease, like other people with disabilities, often face financial and physical barriers when it comes to taking a respite break, but that should not be the case.

I work for Revitalise, a charity providing respite holidays with 24-hour care. Each year we welcome thousands of disabled people and carers to enjoy respite breaks at three accessible centres around the UK.

If readers would like more information please call us on 0303 303 0145, or visit

Sarah Wiley