PEOPLE in Wales can now sign up to Walk for Parkinson’s to help fund vital research to find better treatments and a cure for the condition.
Parkinson’s UK, Europe’s largest charitable funder of Parkinson’s research, has launched its annual Walk for Parkinson’s series, which includes walks at Snowdon on Saturday 9 July and in Cardiff on Saturday 24 September.
There is also the option to sign up to the Walk for Parkinson’s 66 mile challenge in July. If you know 66 people, chances are you know someone who knows Parkinson’s – so participants will aim to walk 66 miles throughout the month in whatever way works for them.
The money raised by Walk for Parkinson’s will help fund Parkinson’s UK’s vital work, which aims to transform the lives of people with Parkinson’s and their loved ones. In the UK, there are around 145,000 people already living with Parkinson’s, including an estimated 7,600 in Wales.
Siân Lloyd, TV broadcaster and Parkinson’s UK supporter, is calling on people in Wales to sign up to Walk for Parkinson’s. Siân’s mum passed away in 2019 after living with Parkinson’s for ten years.
She said: “My mum’s experience of Parkinson’s has inspired me to support Parkinson’s UK’s vital work to ensure that we find new and better treatments for the condition. Walk for Parkinson’s is a fantastic way for us to come together and help make this a reality. By simply walking, we can transform the lives of people with Parkinson’s and their loved ones.
“So why not sign up to the Cardiff or Snowdon walks, or get involved virtually? Every step you take gets us closer to a cure.”
Ann Rowe, Head of Regional Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said: “Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world and currently there is no cure. Current treatments aren’t good enough, and people can experience distressing side effects from their medication. Parkinson’s UK is leading the way towards research breakthroughs, but we need your support.
“Walk for Parkinson’s 2022 is a chance to enjoy some of the UK’s beautiful parks, sensational countryside and historic towns – all while funding vital research into the condition. There are walks to suit different ages, abilities and fitness levels, and if you’d like to plan your own walk, everything you need is on our website.
“Together, we can take strides towards finding a cure.”
To take part in Walk for Parkinson’s, visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk/walkforparkinsons