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BBQ raises cash for Parkinson's disease group

BBQ raises cash for Parkinson's disease group
14th July 2011

A garden party and barbecue in Somerset has helped to raise funds and support for people with Parkinson's disease.

The Tatworth and District Parkinson's Support Group, which has 22 members, organised the event and managed to raise £155 for the group, the Chard and Ilminster News reports.

Jack Frost, who hosted the barbecue at his home, expressed his gratitude to those who took part and said the group is always on the lookout for new members, whether or not they have been affected by Parkinson's disease.

"We exist to give help and support to local people to save them the long and sometimes difficult trip to the branch in Taunton and to organise trips and social meetings where information and exchange of ideas take place," he told the newspaper.

It follows research in the Archives of Neurology that found 50 per cent of people with Parkinson's disease in the US are still being treated with antipsychotics, in spite of safety warnings.

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