Parkies Pals Update Report June 2023

Parkies Progress June 2023

Sorry we missed out on a meeting in May with all it’s Bank holiday Mondays! From September we will be meeting 1st TUESDAY of the month as we often loose out at least once a year.

Please forgive this piece of self-indulgence but for once I am actually quite proud of myself and so delighted that Parkies Pals have received such recognition. It’s truly an award for us all.

Cricklade Parkinson’s Club holds awards presentation!

Kerry Hartman received the Ted Wilson Award ‘for outstanding service to Parkinson’s UK Swindon Branch’ and a Certificate of Appreciation from PUK ‘for contributions to the local Parkinson’s community.  For setting up and running a local group (Parkies Pals), organising activities and fundraising.

On Wednesday 17th May 2023 I was the recipient of this fabulous award and certificate. I am still overwhelmed with the presentation and the fact that so many considered my efforts worthy of ‘outstanding’ accolades. I am delighted that the Parkies Pals ethos is recognised as a symbol of support and friendship to anyone living with Parkinsons or has any interest in this condition. Local groups are so important, providing a safe, relaxing space for people to share experiences, pick up information, enjoy a cuppa, cake, chat and laugh. No one has to be alone with Parkinsons.

Thank you Kerry

The Ted Wilson Award

Ted Wilson was the CEO of the NHS trust which managed healthcare in North Wiltshire. He knew of Parkinson’s from a family connection and supported Vincent and Maggie’s campaign for better services for those living with Parkinson’s. When 2 NHS trusts merged Ted was made redundant, but he made it his quest to make the necessary changes before he left to provide a vital service.  His actions and determination resulted in the provision of a Parkinson’s nurse service dedicated to this area providing access for 100’s more people with Parkinsons’. A truly selfless man who wanted no reward but was delighted to give his name for this award presented annually to those who have made a real difference and provide outstanding services dedicated to help those living with Parkinsons.

Care and Share in Wantage – This event was on Friday 26th May and organised by, Swindon Home Instead and Parkies Pals.  These events help bring together services and information useful to anyone associated with Parkinson’s and is well supported by the fabulous Parkinson’s nurses team and physios so look out for more.

Love to Move’- These sessions have been popular and we hope to run again in the Autumn on a weekly rather than bi-weekly basis. Watch this space.

Diary Notes:
July 3rd – Nan Pratt – slide show and update on the nature reserve project at Tuckmill Meadows

August – we will have a stand at the village show … any bottles of bubbles or bottle bags would be grateful for the ‘Bubbles or bubbly’ tombola.

TUESDAY 5th September
Please note Parkies Pals will be meeting 1st Tuesday of the month from September

Sept table sale – Sept 30th at the Golf course.. details to follow

Community cafés
The Community café meets at the Shrivenham Park Golf Club on alternate Fridays, 2 – 4pm to include putting, chat and a cuppa for £2.
June date is June 16th Everyone welcome.

Parkinson’s Cricklade Café – every 3rd Wednesday of the month.
At Cricklade café 10.30 -12, Cricklade High Street SN6 6AY

Please remember you are NOT ALONE with Parkinson’s. Sharing the load helps us all to cope. Thank you for all your support, please contact me if you want any more info.

Kerry Hartman
Mobile: 07875416236

Next Parkies Pals Meeting will be June 5th 10 – 12 Shrivenham Park Golf Club