Heartfelt thanks from Waitrose’s Dee as store’s charity contribution is handed over


It was a family affair when Parkinson’s UK was nominated as a local charity to receive a share of the £1,000 given by the Waitrose supermarket in Berkhamsted to good causes in the area each month.

Waitrose representative Dee Stone handed over a cheque for £301 at the annual meeting of the charity’s West Herts branch.

In an often emotional speech Dee paid tribute to the help her family had received after her father was diagnosed with Parkinsons.

As well as attending meetings, her parents had been able to go on one of the regular branch holidays and now have a fantastic friendship group.

Dee told branch members that it meant a lot to her that there was so much support for both her parents, who were present at the meeting.

Chair Sally Pollitt said that the donation will be used to fund branch holidays and exercise classes, and also thanked Mayor of Dacorum Councillor Penny Hearn for a grant which will help to fund conductive education classes for people with Parkinsons in Dacorum.

Conductive education is a system of exercise developed in Eastern Europe many years ago which has been proven to help people with Parkinsons improve their mobility.

The grant has allowed more people in the Hemel Hempstead area to benefit from these classes.

Councillor Hearn told the meeting that she visited many charities in Dacorum, and none of the valuable community work could be carried out without the support of so many wonderful volunteers.

Sally Pollitt said: ‘We are very grateful to the customers of Waitrose in Berkhamsted for nominating Parkinsons UK as their charity, and to Dee Stone for coming to present the cheque.”