by Jon Best
This week the James Parkinson Centre launched Kernow Questions – a quiz sheet to celebrate “St Pirans Day” on 5 March 2013.
The prize for the winning quiz sheet, returned by St Pirans Day is a signed copy of Robert Goddards book Faultline, a gripping thriller set in Cornwall.
Jon Best (a 45 year old Parkinson sufferer from St Blazey), who wrote the quiz, handed a batch of the quiz sheets to Steven Horne, Chair of the Trustees, at Cuddra Hall during the St Austell meeting.
Steven told the meeting he was delighted with the quiz sheet and grateful to Jon for not only the idea but the help in organising it. Jon thanked Nationwide Print of Holmbush for donating the printed copies of the quiz.
The James Parkinson Centre is a Cornish Charity which aims to improve service provision for People with Parkinson’s.
The Charity was an initiative of people living with Parkinson’s disease in Cornwall who requested the development of an organisation that could help influence health and social care service delivery across the County.
The Centre helps sufferers maintain independence whilst dealing with the disease.
Jon said ” The James Parkinson Centre is an important component of health care and support for People with Parkinsons in Cornwall.
“As with any rural area, access to healthcare services is made more difficult by the paucity of public transport and made even worse for a section of the population that has mobility issues.
“The operation of the hubs at Pensilva, Threemilestone and St Austell provides services within reasonable distance for many Parkinsons sufferers.
“These services include exercise sessions, opportunity to talk to a Parkinsons Nurse and talks from various specialists and experts on subjects that will be helpful such as diet and nutrtrition or advice for carers.
“Equally if not more important it provides Parkinson sufferers with a place they can socialise with people who can understand their difficulties.
“The building of friendships and sharing of advice with people who experience the same problems is crucial to maintaining dignity and feeling positive whilst dealing with a condition that often includes depression as one of its symptoms.”
If anyone would like to buy a quiz they can get one by sending a self addressed envelope and an cheque for £1 to Jon Best, 202 Old Roselyon Road, St Blazey, Par, Cornwall, PL24 2LR.
All money raised will be used to support Cornish People with Parkinsons and their carers by the James Parkinson Centre.