MP Stephen Gilbert to hang charity calendar in office
A FUNDRAISING campaign to help those in Cornwall with Parkinson's disease received a welcomed boost when Newquay and St Austell's MP backed the scheme.
Pictures for Parkinson's is a calendar competition for those with the progressive neurological condition to showcase their photography skills and be judged by professional photographers.
All money raised from each sale goes straight to Cornish branches of Parkinson's UK.
Stephen Gilbert met with local constituent Jon Best, the man behind the idea, and backed his fundraising efforts by buying a calendar.
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The cost of producing them has already been covered by donations and other fundraising, so 100 per cent of the money raised from the calendars will go directly to local Parkinson's UK groups.
Mr Gilbert said: "Parkinson's can be a very isolating and distressing condition – one that affects around 200 in St Austell and Newquay alone. Local Parkinson's charities need and deserve our support.
"The calendar's photos are stunning and I'm very proud to say that this calendar will be going up in my office. I also hope to see it many times across Cornwall next year.
"So for 2014, please ditch the calendars of kittens, celebrities or cars and instead support people in your community with a Pictures for Parkinson's calendar."
This year, the subject was Cornwall and the calendar features pictures taken from around the county. The best have been selected for the 2014 Pictures for Parkinson's Calendar and the winner's picture, taken by Bryn Davies, features on the cover.
The 2014 Pictures for Parkinson's Calendar costs £7.50 and enquiries can be made by e-mailing email@example.com.
Mr Best said: "There are around 127,000 people living with PD in the UK and while the disease affects more people over 60 there are many younger people who it.
"Every year 10,000 people are diagnosed with PD; 1 in 20 are under 40. Parkinson's UK provides vital support helping people with Parkinson's, and their families, cope with the condition.
"All money raised from the calendar will be used by the Cornish branches of Parkinson's UK to support sufferers in Cornwall."