Mayor & local MP unveil new bench in the sensory garden in Beech Hurst as the Mid Sussex Branch of Parkinson’s UK celebrates its 30th Anniversary!

Published: 11 October 2022

Town Mayor, Cllr Howard Mundin and his consort had a very poignant afternoon unveiling the new seat in the sensory garden at Beech Hurst Gardens for the Mid Sussex Branch of Parkinson’s UK, where they were joined by local MP Mims Davies and Haywards Heath Town Councillor, Sandy Ellis.

The Mayor has intimate knowledge of the disease after working on a deep brain stimulation project back in the Mid 1980s to help ease symptoms of the disease and Mayor’s consort, Margaret Baker, has had a long involvement with the Mid Sussex Branch of Parkinson’s UK due to previous personal circumstances.

The Mayor comments:

We were truly honoured to take part in this unveiling ceremony in this beautiful sensory garden which helps sufferers of Parkinson’s disease. What a warm and friendly group of supporters The Mid Sussex Branch are and I am in awe of the level of care and support they provide locally. They offer information, friendship and support to local people with Parkinson’s and to their families and carers. They organise regular events and social activities so individuals can join and meet with other people affected by Parkinson’s locally and they provide a regularly range of activities for visitors to get involved in, including exercise classes, music and singing, or just a warm cup of tea and a friendly chat.

We had such a lovely time chatting with members of this amazing group of volunteers and my biggest congratulations to the Mid Sussex Branch of Parkinson’s UK on their 30th anniversary.”

Margaret adds: “This group of volunteers do an incredible job of not only supporting those with Parkinson’s but their other halves and family as well. I am extremely grateful for their support over the years.”

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