The Tango Effect

By Kate Swindlehurst

Parkinson’s and the healing power of dance

Tuesday, 24 July 2018




Blessed by the weather, the Grand Garden Spectacular Weekend was a spectacular success, and not just for the near-£2,000 injection of cash into the funds. For me it was a welcome chance to look away from the computer screen towards the human face of crowd-funding, a reminder of the kindness of strangers and the love and affection of friends. Too many to mention by name - some I didn’t know and never found out - but a huge and heartfelt thank you to everyone who took part and a special thanks to extraordinarily generous hosts Derek, Clare and Iain.

I have a few more irons in the fire: an article on my experience of Deep Brain Stimulation for the Saffron Walden branch of Parkinson’s UK and a chance to speak at PechaKucha Cambridge’s ‘Fond Farewell’ on 7th August - see you there? I’m continuing the conversation with the Guardian newspaper and ITV about their forthcoming features on the importance of dance and also with a member of the wonderful Santiago Quartet about the possibility of some kind of joint endeavour. As for what’s next, friends hungry for another event have suggested a film show or a concert. I’m considering... Let me know what you think.

At times over the past 6 or 7 months, bogged down in figures and percentages, it’s been easy to lose sight of the book at the centre of the campaign. But I know that many of you are as keen to see Parkinson’s & the Tango Effect in print as I am. I believe it has some important things to say about health and well-being and offers a message of hope to those living with conditions such as Parkinson’s. So, as we gather our strength and our resources for the big final push, please do keep on spreading the word and sharing the link and let’s make sure we turn a virtual book into a reality.

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