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Mali Jenkins, our founder
4 July 1907-11 March 1989
In 1969 Mali Jenkins founded the Parkinson`s Disease Society - now Parkinson`s UK.
Mali`s sister, Sarah Jenkins, had been living with Parkinson’s for some years and was cared for at the family home.
Mali looked for patient associations to help people with Parkinson`s, but searches of local libraries showed that no such thing existed.
Frustrated to find no literature in layman`s terms about her sister`s condition, Mali decided to find out what she could about Parkinson`s.
She placed adverts in the personal columns of a couple of newspapers asking people to come forward who were interested in forming an exploratory steering group. Mali chaired the committee and her sister Eryl was secretary. Other friends and family were asked to help.
The first meeting took place at Westminster Hospital and 16 people attended.
It was from this that the idea of starting a charity grew and on 26 February 1969 Mali Jenkins founded the Parkinson`s Disease Society - now Parkinson`s UK.