A whistle-blower is set to stop people in their tracks in Swindon town centre as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Week.
Whatever they are doing , some 20 volunteers will be ‘frozen’ for up to five minutes – like a giant game of musical statues – until a second whistle signals the end of the freeze.
Some of them may even freeze ‘mid action’ even if they are tying a shoelace or laughing at the time! The volunteers will be part of a charity ‘freeze flashmob’ event in Wharf Green at 12.00 and 12:30pm and in Regent Street at 1.00 and1:30pm on April 18.
The aim is to focus the rapt attention of passers-by on freezing problems often faced by those living with the Parkinson’s Disease condition.
‘The freeze flashmob will help raise awareness of Parkinson’s because it reflects one of the less well-known symptoms of the condition,’ said a Parkinson’s UK spokesman.
Parkinsons’s Awareness Week
The Swindon and District branch are staging the fund-raising event as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Week from April 15-21. They are also organising an information stand in the atrium at Great Western Hospital on April 16 and a coffee morning from 10.00 – 12.00 on April 17 in the St Aldhelm’s Centre, Edgeware Road, Swindon.
The focus for the Week is ‘changing attitudes,’ highlighting a national ‘put yourself in our shoes’ campaign.
‘We are hoping to make the general public aware of the difficulties that sufferers have to endure,’ the spokesman added.