Yorkshire Times
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3:57 PM 7th November 2023

Parkinson’s UK CEO To Give Free Information Lecture

The Val Rowley Lecture is taking place in the Concert Hall, Skipton Town Hall, High Street, BD23 1AH on 16 November from 2pm. Doors will open at 1:40pm and there is no need to book a place in advance.

People affected by Parkinson’s living in and around the Skipton area, are invited to the Val Rowley Lecture - a free information event held at Skipton Town Hall on 16 November.

Parkinson’s UK Chief Executive, Caroline Rassell will be the speaker at this year’s event, providing attendees with an update on the charity’s work and latest developments, followed by a Q&A session.

Val Rowley was instrumental in setting up what is now the Skipton and District Parkinson’s support group in 1993 and was a dedicated supporter throughout her life. Val passed away in 2021 and the support group created an annual lecture in her memory.

Admission is free and will give people living with Parkinson’s and their loved ones a chance to learn more about Parkinson’s UK’s research, chat with others affected by the condition and discover more about local support and activities. Free refreshments (tea, coffee, and biscuits) will be available.

Caroline Rassell, CEO, Parkinson’s UK, said:
“Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s can be a shock and adapting to life with the condition can be hard for the person affected and their loved ones too - but we know that getting the right information and advice and meeting others with shared experiences can make all the difference.

“That’s why we’re proud to bring together people across Skipton who are living with Parkinson’s and welcome them to this wonderful lecture held in Val’s honour.”

Sue Jackson, Skipton & District Support Group Coordinator:
“We are delighted that Caroline is taking time out of her busy schedule to visit our support group in semi-rural North Yorkshire. This will be our second annual lecture given to remember former volunteer Val Rowley who was instrumental in founding the group and a member into her 90’s.”

Around 153,000 people in the UK are diagnosed with Parkinson’s, including around 12,000 in the Yorkshire and Humber region.

There are around 365 Parkinson's UK local groups throughout the UK, which are run by volunteers who are trained and supported by Parkinson's UK staff. To find our support and activities available locally, visit: