Looking ahead, growing stronger

After a couple of weeks of seasonal festivities, it's back to work for all, feeling full of optimism for the coming months. And we begin 2011 by looking ahead to another action-packed year.

Whether you've been involved with Parkinson's UK before or you're just on the lookout for a new challenge to kick-start the new year, 2011 sees another fantastic line-up of events and ways to get involved and join us.

Parkinson's Awareness Week runs from 11-17 April this year. And we'll be encouraging as many people as possible to join us, to help raise funds and spread the word about Parkinson's and the work we do.

We have places available in a variety of running events - from the iconic Great North Run to our own Parkinson's 10k in Berkshire.

For more adventurous spirits, we have a great line-up of overseas treks and cycling challenges taking place throughout the year. Or for those who dare, we are even hosting a Parkinson's UK skydive in April!

2011 is the centenary year of Mervyn Peake's birth and this summer our Mervyn Peake Awards will also mark its 10th anniversary. So it's sure to be an extra special celebration of the creative talents of people with Parkinson's.

We're also really looking forward to pushing ahead with our innovative research and campaigning, to make sure that we continue to make a difference to the lives of people with Parkinson's and move a step closer to finding a cure. If you'd like to make a real difference, join our National Campaigns Network or Research Network.

And there are lots of other ways you can get involved too. What are you going to do in 2011?

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