A number of Moray landmarks have been lit up blue to mark World Parkinson’s Day.
Supporters throughout the region lit up buildings to show their support and solidarity with those who suffer the condition.
Anderson’s Care Home in Elgin, Covesea Skerries Lighthouse in Lossiemouth and the fountain on the Elgin plainstones all went blue, the official shade of the Parkinson’s UK charity.
They also marked the start of a new campaign called Parkinson’s Is, which aims to promote better understanding of the condition and the daily difficulties faced by people who have been diagnosed with it.
Elsie Watson, chairwoman of the Elgin and District Parkinson’s Support Group, thanked all the individuals involved for their help and support.
She said: “The Elgin and District Parkinson’s Support Group thank the management of Anderson’s Care Home, Covesea Lighthouse and the Fountain on Elgin High Street for lighting up in blue on April 11 to mark World Parkinson’s Day.
“This event, covering locations all over Scotland will raise awareness of Parkinson’s – a condition that affects more than 12,400 people in Scotland alone.”
Parkinson’s is a serious neurological condition with more than 40 symptoms that affects people of all ages and causes problems in the brain which gets worse over time.
Currently there is no cure for the 12,400 people in Scotland who have it
Recent research revealed that eight out of 10 people with Parkinson’s believe that awareness and understanding is low because people don’t consider it to be a serious condition – and only associate it with one symptom – a tremor.
Moray MP Douglas Ross also offered his support to the campaign.
He said: “Many of us in Moray will know someone who has been diagnosed with the condition, but we may not know much about it and how it affects individuals and those close to them.
“I hope the various locations in Moray being illuminated in blue will attract more interest in the work Parkinson’s charities are doing locally here in Moray and across the country.”