An event which aimed to raise awareness about one of the most common neurological movement disorders has been held in Sutton.

More than 70 guests visited Holiday Inn, in Gibson Road, for National Essential Tremor Awareness Month on March 9 as it was hosted by the National Tremor Foundation (NTF).

Guests included Mayor of Sutton, Cllr Steve Cook, borough councillors and exhibitors - including award-winning tech start-up company GyroGear and Drawing with Jo.

The event aimed to bring more attention to essential tremor, which is estimated to be between eight and 10 times more prevalent than Parkinson’s disease.

Symptoms include rhythmic trembling of the hands, head and legs, while people of any age, gender or race can be affected.

In many cases it is an inherited condition.

Cllr Steve Cook said: “Six months ago I did not know the condition essential tremor existed - I was wandering round a Queen Elizabeth Foundation event, where I met Jackie, who introduced me to understanding about the condition.

“Now I know a great deal more and how it is different to Parkinson’s.

“Today’s event helped educate and engage members of the community. There was a lot for us all to learn and I really enjoyed the event.

“I look forward hearing more about the Sutton Essential Tremor Support Group and to the next awareness day.”

NTF’s event was funded by the Sutton Neighbourhood Grant, which looks to promote community and voluntary activities in the local area.

It can also help to “foster sustainable projects and support activities that the whole community can participate in”.

Event organiser Jackie Farrell, who also runs the Sutton Shakers tremor support group, said: “It was great to see so many people attend from the local community, including some new faces.

“I’m thankful for Mayor, Mayoress, councillors, and GyroGear who supported the event, and a huge thanks to Sutton Neighbourhood Grant.”

The event was held on March 9.