Swaffham display aims to raise disease awareness

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Swaffham residents will have the chance to find out more about the effects of Parkinson’s disease through an eye-catching display in the town next week.

Members of support groups from across East Anglia have joined forces to use the art of yarn bombing to cover a lifesize mannequin in knitted and crocheted squares in the colours of the Parkinson’s UK charity.

Officials hope the display will show how the condition takes over the lives of patients. It is estimated that the condition affects around 2,500 people in Norfolk alone.

Nicola Robinson, Parkinson’s UK information and support worker for East Anglia, said: “We’re taking the mannequin around Norfolk to create a talking point and raise awareness of Parkinson’s to as many people as possible.

“We want to communicate that people with Parkinson’s often feel that the condition takes away their control, not only of their bodies and their future, but of what each day can bring.

“Passers-by will be able to stop, look and carry on with their daily business. These are actions that a person with Parkinson’s can really struggle to do.”

The display is expected to be in Swaffham’s town centre next Friday, April 11, between 10.30 and 11.30am, during a week-long tour of Norfolk.




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