My son adores his grandparents, and so I have chosen this photo for My Captured Moment – it’s when his nana and grandpa took him for a short trip around the shopping centre. They had just started babysitting him when I went back to work after maternity leave.
What I love about my boy Tyler is his ability to make his grandpa smile. Not just a little smile, a proper corner to corner smile! And this is a big deal, as my father is a Parkinson’s sufferer – one of the symptoms of which is rigidity of the facial muscles. So I love to see my dad and my boy enjoying each other’s company
This week is Parkinson’s Awareness Week (20-26 April), and Parkinson’s UK are running a challenge called Up Your Friendly. It’s not about raising money – it’s about raising awareness. We all probably should be nice to people anyway, but it’s easy to rush by with our busy lifestyles, so here’s a chance to stop and, well, be friendly!
You can join by doing something nice – like making a cup of tea for your work colleagues, letting someone go in front of you in the supermarket queue, or a friendly hello to a mum at playgroup – anything! Then spread the word of your good deed – share or tweet using the hashtag #upyourfriendly. Here are some more suggestions:
You can also take the “Up Your Friendly Challenge” at http://www.upyourfriendly.com/
Get your friends to sign up to the challenge too, and help make the UK a friendlier place.
My #upyourfriendly deeds so far this week have been helping mums struggling with pushchairs by holding the doors open (and that’s with me having a pushchair too!), and today I bought my family flapjacks as a special treat.
How’s being friendly going to help Parkinson’s sufferers? Well, the idea is to:
• make life a little easier for people with Parkinson’s – by showing how being patient and kind can make a huge difference to people with the condition
• change attitudes to make society more Parkinson’s-friendly
• highlight some of the everyday realities of living with Parkinson’s
So go on, up your friendly!