Lochaber goes blue for World Parkinson’s Day

PARKINSONS BLUE LIGHTS NEPTUNES STAIRCASE Supporters of Lochaber Parkinson’s line up on a lock at Neptune’s Staircase. Picture Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

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A number of well-known local landmarks across Lochaber were illuminated blue for World Parkinson’s Day 2019 last Wednesday.

Mallaig harbour authority’s ‘The Wall’, Neptune staircase and Cameron Square in Fort William were all lit up with blue lights – the official colour of the Parkinson’s UK charity – to raise awareness of the condition and try to help change attitudes.

All the locations involved normally have some form of lighting during the rest of the year, but for several special blue filters were made to create the effect for World Parkinson’s Day.

The Lochaber branch of Parkinson’s UK  is held the last Tuesday of the month between 2-4pm at the Alexandra hotel in Fort William.

It meets regularly to provide people with Parkinson’s, their families and carers with an opportunity to meet up, chat and share experiences and advise.

Neptune’s Staircase was lit up blue in support of Parkinson’s awareness. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

This year sees the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Lochaber group and co-ordinator Claire Gunner says reaction to the blue illuminations had been very positive.

‘The reaction from people who saw it has been very positive, which is fantastic,’ she told us.

‘The Lochaber group has quite a few members now and is very active and people have found it a positive experience being involved.

‘The event also involved a collection and, while it has not been totalled up yet, people are usually very generous when asked to donate to the charity.’

Anyone wishing to find out more about the Lochaber branch of Parkinson’s UK can contact Claire on 01397 709864 or Margaret MacDonald on 01397 7772443.