Drumming up support for Parkinson's UK in Chichester
A Chichester drummer and DJ who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at 31 is hosting a live music night for charity.
Duncan Burgess, now 32, has had DJ residencies and played drums for various bands across the UK and Europe.
He has organised Bounce, which will be held at Woodies Bar, Chichester, on Saturday and plans to be drumming as part of the free event.
He said: “I am a drummer and have been playing since I was 14 so to get my diagnosis was a complete shock. I hadn’t even considered Parkinson’s.
“Dealing with the frustration of having the dominant right side of my body not keep up with my non-dominant left side is the biggest challenge I have had to face so far in my life.
“Although there is currently no cure for Parkinson’s, there is lots of research being done to manage symptoms. Without the medication that I am currently on, I would not be able to continue to play the drums and even though I am now slightly more limited as to what I can do, I will never stop.
“I have had DJ residencies and played drums for various bands, so I thought I would mix them both together and host a fundraising music night, playing drums and DJ-ing with all proceeds going to Parkinson’s UK.
“I’ll be hosting a night of party starters, house bangers and bass wobblers.”
Paul Jackson-Clark, director of fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said it promised to be a great event for the charity.
“As the UK’s Parkinson’s research and support charity, we’re leading the way to find better treatments and ultimately a cure, but our work wouldn’t be possible without events like these. I hope people get behind Bounce and join Duncan on the dance floor.”
Entry to Bounce is free, with donations to Parkinson’s UK on the night. Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/duncandrummer for more information.
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