Melton Homebuilder Brews Community Connection with Parkinson’s Support Group

A Parkinson’s support group in Melton Mowbray has enjoyed an afternoon tea provided by housebuilder, Barratt Homes.


The Leicestershire homebuilder put on an all-expenses-paid afternoon tea for 35 members of the support network for people with Parkinson’s disease in Melton Mowbray.

Jessica Beasley (Marketing Manager) and Dawn Mellors (PA to the Sales Director) from Barratt Homes joined the group at the Sysonby Knoll Hotel for a cuppa and a chat, as they were able to meet the group’s members and learn about their experiences.

Together, the housebuilder’s representatives and the support group were able to enjoy a selection of sandwiches, cakes, scones and refreshments.

Paul Stammers, Co-Ordinator of the Melton Mowbray Parkinson’s Support Group said: “We are a self-funding group and spend a great deal of our time raising money to allow our group to function and support the needs of our members. When Barratt Homes approached us and offered to provide an all-expense-paid afternoon tea, we were delighted for our members.

“It’s gestures like this that make us feel appreciated in the community.

“It has taken time to recover after Covid and the group is now back on its feet and are again able to offer our members monthly meetings with guest speakers, weekly exercise classes, outings and treats like an afternoon tea.

“We would like to thank Barratt Homes and its staff members for providing the group with a very enjoyable and much appreciated afternoon.”

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition, which means it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. According to Parkinson’s UK, around 145,000 people live with the condition in the UK, and one in 37 people alive in the UK will be diagnosed with it in their lifetime.

There are over 40 symptoms of Parkinson’s, but the main three are a tremor (shaking), slowness of movement and rigidity, or muscle stiffness.

The support group in Melton Mowbray offers friendship and a network for people with Parkinson’s through regular meet-ups in the town. The support from Barratt Homes, based nearby at Kings Meadow, was to ensure the group could get together without the need for added expense.

Mark Cotes, Managing Director at Barratt Homes North Midlands, said: “We were delighted that Jessica and Dawn had the chance to attend the afternoon tea for the Melton Mowbray Parkinson’s support group, as it provided us with the opportunity to get to know the group and the experiences of its members.

“The support network of the group is extremely important, as with all community groups, and it was pleasing to hear how well-received the afternoon tea was for those getting together during the afternoon.”

For more information about the network and its contact details, visit the website at Melton Mowbray Parkinson’s Support Group.

For more information about any nearby developments, visit the website at Barratt Homes in Leicestershire.