Parkinson's UK needs help to keep service afloat
April 06, 2011
A service offering hydrotherapy to sufferers of Parkinson’s disease in Wokingham is keen to form local partnerships to keep the group afloat.
The Bracknell branch of Parkinson’s UK uses the aqua pool at Pulse 8 in Mole Road, Sindlesham, for twice-weekly hydrotherapy classes for people with the degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.
The pool allows members to stretch and exercise without strain, which helps improve movement and agility.
Generous donations from members of the public have always helped run the service’s classes. However, greater demand for the sessions is beginning to take its toll on the group’s finances.
In 2010 the branch managed to accumulate £7,500 by holding numerous fundraising events. It also received a £3,000 grant from the Berkshire Community Foundation, which provides funds to small voluntary groups in the county.
Although this money has been enough for the hydrotherapy sessions to continue, the group has launched another fundraising campaign this year.
It has so far raised £600 through a winter raffle and has received other donations: £1,000 from the Martin’s Heron and The Warren Community Association and £530 from the West Forest 41 Club in Wokingham.
Branch secretary Will Hague said he wanted to form partnerships with organisations who were able to sponsor the group.
“The sessions have been extremely popular and well attended by members who report that they find hydrotherapy to be the most beneficial and helpful therapy available, and that it significantly improves their overall wellbeing,” Mr Hague said.
“Ironically, because of the increasing take-up by members, the branch’s finances are gradually decreasing, so it needs to undertake more fundraising events to help its depleting reserves.
“Although this is a great start, there is still a lot to do to cover the costs of providing all its services.
“Consequently, the branch is keen to partner with any other organisations who would like to support it and help fund the provision of its services for members.”
For more information call Mr Hague on 01276 850 286 or visit www.bracknell parkinsons.org.