Bridport Town Hall will be turning blue today to show support for people living with Parkinson’s disease.

The building be lighted up in blue recognition of World Parkinson’s Day on Thursday, April 11, as part of a national “Make It Blue” awareness campaign.

Buildings across East Dorset will also be illuminated blue including Bournemouth Pier, Twin Sails Bridge in Poole and Christchurch Priory. 

Parkinson’s is a neurological condition in which the brain cells that make dopamine start to die. There are more than 40 symptoms, from tremor and pain to anxiety, and there’s no cure.

National charity Parkinson’s UK is encouraging everyone to show their support and Make It Blue, from lighting up buildings to hosting blue bake sales to wearing blue for a day.

Caroline Rassell, chief executive at Parkinson’s UK, said: “Everyday people are impacted by the reality of Parkinson’s, but on April 11 we will celebrate our brilliant community when we come together and make it blue. We are delighted that communities in Dorset are showing their support and inspiring others.

“However you mark World Parkinson’s Day, you’ll be part of an unstoppable movement. Raising awareness of living with Parkinson's. Helping us to fund more ground-breaking research and life-changing care. Being there for one another. There are so many ways to show your support and get involved.”

More information about the campaign can be found on the charity website: