Eric (Chris Chittel) has by far not yet come to terms with his life-changing diagnosis in Emmerdale.
It’s already had a profound effect on his life; tearing apart his relationship with Brenda (Lesley Dunlop) when he couldn’t face telling her the truth.
Jacob (Joe-Warren Plant) was left holding the secret and it broke his heart, and further hearts were broken when David found out.
Eric initially found a friend in Mandy (Lisa Riley) who was helping hold him together as he pushed everyone else away while trying to accept his fate. But as the reality of the situation has overtaken him, and he’s spiralling.
There’s no accepting the future he lies ahead of him and he’s feeling utterly helpless. But positive in these difficult times is how it brings people together, and a new friend comes out of the woodwork for struggling Eric.
Manpreet (Rebecca Sarker) works to try and support Brenda and Pollard as best she can as things continue to get tougher.
There’s a dark road ahead for Eric, but at least he is surrounded by support.
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Emmerdale Producer, Laura Shaw, said: ‘When Eric Pollard is diagnosed with Parkinson’s he’s naturally very scared and unsure of what the condition means for his future. The unique position of a show like Emmerdale means we can tell this story really authentically over a long period of time and we can really shine a light on what a diagnosis like this means and follow Pollard on his journey of learning to live with it.
‘Working closely with Parkinson’s UK, who have been guiding us through every step of the way, we hope seeing Pollard’s story helps to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and show the day to day reality of those living with it, as well as the impact it can have on friends, family and the local community.’
You can find more information and support on the website of Parkinson’s UK.
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