Southport MP Damien Moore has pledged to help improve the lives of people with Parkinsonís on World Parkinsonís Day (Wednesday 11 April).

Damienís office has signed up to take part in the Parkinsonís in the Workplace training from Parkinsonís UK. The training aims to raise awareness of the challenges people with Parkinsonís face.

The push for greater awareness is part of the charityís activity to encourage people to Unite for Parkinsonís on World Parkinsonís Day, as a survey found that 32 per cent of people with Parkinsonís have been stared at in public and 11 per cent have been laughed at. In addition, 32 per cent of people do not feel that their symptoms are socially acceptable.

Parkinsonís affects 145,000 people in the UK, which is one in 350 people in Southport. With numbers of people affected expected to increase by a fifth by 2025, the charity is aiming to change attitudes about Parkinsonís to make life better for everyone living with the condition.

Through the training, Damienís office will learn more about the progressive neurological condition, the complex symptoms people face, as well as how to recognise and best support constituents with Parkinsonís.

Damien Moore MP said: ďIt is shocking that people with Parkinsonís face so many barriers, including being mistaken for being drunk, when out in public.

ďMy office staff and I want to take the training so that we are all better equipped to improve the lives of everyone affected by the condition in Southport and better understand the issues faced by those who come to my advice surgery.Ē

Steve Ford, Chief Executive of Parkinsonís UK, said: ďWe are thrilled that Southport and their team have signed up to our Parkinsonís in the Workplace training.

ďLack of public understanding can make simple things like getting the bus, going to work, or even heading out to the pub with friends daunting for people with Parkinson's.

ďThatís why one small action like signing up to learn more about the condition can have a big impact on people with Parkinson's. We look forward to seeing the difference Southportís support can make for their constituents in Southport.Ē

Damien Moore MP is also backing a petition from Parkinsonís UK calling for more organisations to sign up for the training. Sign the petition here .