Gavin Hastings presents the BBC Lifeline Appeal on behalf of The Cure Parkinson's Trust.

The Appeal was broadcast on Sunday 19th March on BBC One and repeated on BBc Two Wednesday 22nd March. Presented by Scottish Rugby Legend and former British and Irish Lion, Gavin Hastings, the film follows Rachel Gibson and David Sangster, both living with Parkinson's.

Rachel Gibson, diagnosed with Parkinson's at 38.

Rachel first noticed a stiffness and slowness in her movement. Keen on fitness, she became aware when running that her ‘leg would misbehave’.  Rachel Gibson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s aged 38 and has been living with the disease for nine years.

"I had no idea that it could be Parkinson’s, but the neurologist knew as soon as he saw me. As a nurse, my medical background meant I understood what the inevitable progression of the disease meant for my future. Now at my age, what I really want more than anything else is a cure for Parkinson’s. My children are still quite young and they want a Mum who is Parkinson’s free. This is why I support the important work of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust – their whole focus is funding research to find a cure."

David Sangster, diagnosed with Parkinson's at 29.

Married with two young children and based in Greater Manchester, David was diagnosed with Parkinson’s over five years ago when he was just 29 years-old.

"I have been through many of the emotions that any person given a life-changing diagnosis could possibly experience.  Five years in, controlling the symptoms of the disease has become less predictable day-to-day and this irregularity in symptom control has had a big impact on my family life, as a husband and father, and on my job."

Determined to support others facing a diagnosis of Parkinson’s, David founded and manages a network group which helps connect people of a similar age living with the disease.

"Knowing The Cure Parkinson’s Trust are funding ground-breaking research focused on a cure, has had a really positive impact on me and my sense of hope for the future."

To find out more about the appeal and to view the film on BBC i-player click here.

The Cure Parkinson's Trust is the only charity in the UK solely focused on finding a cure for Parkinson's.  The treatment of Parkinson’s has not changed significantly in the past 50 years. Your support will make a big difference to the research that we are able to fund to find new treatments to slow, stop or even reverse Parkinson’s.