Creative Eric scoops prize

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A PARKINSON’S disease patient from Chesterfield has scooped an award which celebrates his creative streak.

Eric Popplewell has won the Mervyn Peake Award for digital art, judged by the Peake family in memory of the late illustrator, writer and poet Mervyn Peake, who had Parkinson’s.

The awards are handed out each year in the categories of art, poetry, photography and digital art to celebrate the creativity of people living with the condition.

Mr Popplewell, aged 61, said: “I’m very shocked but absolutely delighted!

“Winning this award gives me a real confidence boost and has inspired me to keep creating. It proves that having Parkinson’s doesn’t need to stand in the way of creativity. I would recommend having a creative outlet like this to anyone with Parkinson’s.”