Neurological tremor awareness campaign "The Journey of a Thousand Miles " saw a tremendous start this July.

By taking part in this virtual  "journey" the NTF hopes to encourage people to engage in some activity such as a walk around their garden, a run or cycle ride, or any other physical activity, whilst raising awareness of tremor.

NTF Honorary President Lord Julian Fellowes, creator of “Downton Abbey”,  who also has Essential Tremor,  launched the campaign on the 4 July at an online event. The launch would see over 26 participants virtually set off from Greenwich on 11th July almost smashing the 1000 mile mark collectively within the first month!  

Essential Tremor (ET) is considered one of the most common neurological movement disorders and is estimated to be eight to 10 times more prevalent than Parkinson's disease.  People exhibit a rhythmic trembling of the hands, head, legs, trunk and/or voice.  It can afflict persons of any age, gender and race and in the vast majority of all cases it is inherited.  While more commonly noticed in older individuals, essential tremor can begin as early as birth. 

Lord Julian Fellowes’ message to all people living with tremor is to make your condition public, and said: "By being afraid of letting others know that you have a tremor, you somehow give it power over you, I think we should take that power back. How can we be nervous about people finding out when we’ve already told them?”

At the event Lord Julian Fellowes was able to share stories and answer questions.

He finished the meet-up by saying: “I send you all such good wishes and, believe me, I know what you are going through.  It is a daily trial but we will come through it, if we can stick together.”

We are thrilled to see lots of amazing activity on social media already– just have a look at #NTFTheJourney. We have to also thank those taking part for their commitment to raising awareness.

Join us to find how to become involved and take part in the continuation of The Journey to new and exciting holiday destinations across the UK!