The Royal Sutton Coldfield & North Birmingham Branch of Parkinson’s UK celebrated its 40th Anniversary with a lunch at Aston Wood Golf Club which was attended by their Patron the Royal Town’s MP, Andrew Mitchell, the Chief Executive of Parkinson’s UK, Steve Ford, the Branch President, Beryl Linden and Chairman, John Lawton together with 120 guests.
The Royal Sutton Coldfield & North Birmingham Branch of Parkinson’s UK was the sixteenth Branch to be formed and has grown from strength to strength, starting with about fifteen members to some forty to fifty who now regularly attend weekly meetings. It exists to provide support and help to anyone 'touched' with Parkinson's and meets every Thursday between 1.45pm and 3.45pm at South Parade Methodist Church providing tailored exercise sessions as well as guest speakers and entertainment events. Parkinson’s Café is also held on 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month from 10 am-12 noon at Age Concern Community Café, 76/78 Boldmere Road, Boldmere, B73 5TJ.
The Branch also arranges respite breaks and day trips for both its members and others affected by Parkinson's living in the area. Being a registered charity all the services it provides are funded by donations and charity events. In addition the Branch regularly contributes thousands of pounds to fund research.
Following the lunch, Andrew Mitchell said “I am very proud to be a Patron of the Royal Sutton Coldfield & North Birmingham Branch of Parkinson’s UK. Today’s lunch was a celebration of the excellent work they have been doing in our Royal Town for 40 years and at the same time they raised £500 from the raffle. My thanks go to all those who organized such an enjoyable afternoon and who work so hard all year to ensure the Branch is able to continue to offer constructive support, advice and guidance to those with Parkinson’s Disease and their families.”