The King’s School in Canterbury has selected the Parkinson’s Centre for Integrated Therapy, a new partnership between the University and national charity Parkinson’s Care and Support UK, as its Charity of the Year.
Parkinson’s disease is the fastest growing brain condition in the world, progressively restricting the ability to move and think. There are around 145,000 people living with the disease in the UK, and 1 in 37 people will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease at some point in their life.
The Parkinson’s Centre for Integrated Therapy will offer innovative forms of neurostimulation along with tailored access to long-standing, but often hard to reach non-drug therapies such as physiotherapy and psychotherapy.
The Centre will fill a much-needed gap in the support and management of people with Parkinson’s disease and their families and will host cutting-edge research and education to carry the very best care into the future.
The King’s School is arranging an array of fundraising efforts in its support of the Parkinson’s Centre for Integrated Therapy including taking part in a 5k fun run in Bekesbourne, a family/dog inclusive circular walk and a family BBQ. Additionally, a member of staff at King’s School is independently taking part in 11 Tough Mudder challenges throughout 2022 to raise money for the cause.
Professor David Wilkinson, who will be leading research at the Parkinson’s Centre for Integrated Therapy said: ‘The University of Kent and Parkinson’s Care and Support UK are delighted that the King’s School has pledged to support the Parkinson’s Centre as its Charity of the Year for 2022. The Centre is the first of its kind and will offer something new that will make a genuine difference to the lives of people living with Parkinson’s, but it cannot operate without fundraising support such as this. We look forward to seeing the King’s School’s fundraising events unfold throughout the year.’