King’s Parkinson’s Charitable Fund launches

Twenty years ago, Professor K Ray Chaudhuri and colleagues wrote in ACNR about the often neglected non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s which impact so much on a patient’s quality of life – symptoms such as pain, poor sleep, depression, anxiety, sexual dysfunction and autonomic problems.

Two decades on, the newly launched King’s Parkinson’s Charitable Fund aims to address the huge gaps in patient care which still exist, driven by the patient voice. The charity has been spearheaded by Sir Nicholas Mostyn and Professor Chaudhuri.

Sir Nicholas is one of the founder members of Movers & Shakers – a podcast about life with Parkinson’s which he produces alongside Jeremy Paxman, Rory Cellan-Jones, Gillian Lacey-Solymar, Mark Mardell and Paul Mayhew-Archer. Professor Chaudhuri is Director of the King’s Parkinson’s Centre of Excellence at King’s College London.

ACNR Publisher Rachael Hansford had a quick chat with Professor Chaudhuri at the charity’s launch recently, where he explained what they want to achieve and why it has taken so long for non-motor symptoms to be given more serious attention.