Gardens to open for Parkinson’s charity

Sue West, who has Parkinson's with her sister and Parkinson's group volunteer Barbara Scarborough
Sue West, who has Parkinson's with her sister and Parkinson's group volunteer Barbara Scarborough

A DAY of open gardens along Horsham’s historic Causeway and a meeting led by a special guest speaker has been organised by the Horsham and District branch of the charity Parkinson’s UK to raise awareness for the disease.

On Tuesday April 24 Dr Ashwani Jha from the London institute of Neurology will talk about the developments in Parkinson’s research at Brighton Road Church Hall, Horsham, and ten private gardens along the Causeway will open to visitors on Sunday June 24 to raise money for the charity.

The Horsham and District group offers information, friendship and support to people with Parkinson’s and Dr Jha will be sharing his news of ground-breaking research and cutting edge techniques that will help sufferers of the degenerative condition which has no cure.

Sue West of the Horsham group said: “I was 45 when I was told I had it. Before that I knew very little about Parkinson’s.

“I thought it affected only older people and certainly had no idea how debilitating it can be.

“It took me a long time to really come to terms with the diagnosis.

“Parkinson’s UK has been a great source of help and support throughout. Plus they are funding lots of exciting research so there’s hope yet.”

The group was overwhelmed by the generosity of so many of the residents of the Causeway for opening their gardens to support Parkinson’s UK.

The gardens will be open between 11.30am to 4.30pm and tickets will be on sale at Minstrels at £5 for a ‘rover ticket’ or £1.50 per garden.

There will also be a chance at the open gardens to enter the Grand Draw, with a chance to win a hot air balloon ride for two.