Polegate: Parkinson’s sufferers receive Wii treatment

PARKINSON’S sufferers are being encouraged to play on a computer games console to ease their condition.

The local branch of Parkinson’s UK is holding a drop-in session on Thursday, October 6, between 2pm and 5pm, at the Polegate Community Centre in Windsor Way.

And, as well as handing out advice and offering some moral support, the organisers will also be introducing sufferers to the wonders of the Nintendo Wii – which uses wireless controllers and promotes more active and interactive gaming than traditional machines.

The event is free for anyone in the area affected by Parkinson’s, or is interested in learning more about the condition, and people will be given the chance to see first hand the health benefits offered by the Wii.

Local volunteer Lawrence Baker will be manning the Wii machine, alongside the charity’s Fell Duncan,

Mr Baker, who himself has Parkinson’s, said, “I used the equipment at the World Parkinson’s Congress in Glasgow last year and came second in an informal competition.

“I would have been really pleased except my wife came first.”

Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition for which there is currently no cure.

Locally both Hailsham and Eastbourne branches of Parkinson’s UK offer information, friendship and support to local people with the illness and their families and carers.

Mr Duncan said, “Every hour someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson’s, but at the moment there is no cure.

“This event is a great opportunity to visit your local branch of Parkinson’s UK, and find out what support is available locally.”

For information and support call the Parkinson’s UK free confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303 or visit the website, www.parkinsons.org.uk.