GENEROUS locals donated nearly £1,000 to help provide services and health care to people with Parkinson's disease.

Parkinson's UK branch volunteers in Bracknell, Wokingham, Crowthorne and Ascot gathered at Longacres Garden Centre in Bagshot on April 13, collecting money from shoppers.

In total, the volunteers collected £812.83 which will go towards activities and health care for its members.

The branch looks after 120 members and offers health care which helps people with Parkinson's conditions, such as hydrotherapy, physiotherapy,

Nordic walking and more.

Will Hague, secretary at Bracknell Parkinson's said: "This was a great effort by all concerned and we would like to thank Longacres Garden Centre for the use of their centre and also their customers for donating so generously.

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition, this means that it causes problems in the brain which gets worse over time.

People with Parkinson's don't have enough of the chemical dopamine because some of the nerve cells that make it have died.

Parkinson's UK research new treatments and health care methods, to help people with the condition improve their day-to-day functions.

Will added: "Due to increasing demand, we are in need of more funds if we are to continue to provide services and so we are continually organising a number of fundraising events to help achieve this goal."