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Director: Gill Haworth

gill-haworth-2016Gill has lived near Guildford for more than thirty years and has had much experience of living with long-term conditions. Her son had a rare condition which led to her joining the National Growth Foundation where she organised the first meeting of parents and wrote their first newsletter.

“I was for many years a legal secretary and when computers arrived I found I had a natural aptitude and became responsible for training the other secretaries. I enjoyed this so much I took a teaching qualification. The week I began my first teaching job I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. I was 50 years old.”

“I taught for 7 years and also became a NVQ Assessor and then lack of balance and too many falls meant I had to retire.”

Since retirement Gill has been Membership Secretary of the Guildford Parkinsons Group; been an Expert Patient tutor, helped Parkinson’s nurses to train young carers and has trained Adult Social care staff on behalf of Surrey Coalition.

Gill has also been interviewed twice on Radio Surrey on living with Parkinson’s and has been a Surrey Coalition member for 7 years.

Gill has recently undergone spinal surgery and now uses a wheelchair.