Walk for Parkinson’s Record Fundraising Event

The Walk for Parkinson’s event at the Henley Showground and around the Culden Faw estate on Sunday raised a record amount for the charity for this event of £30,000+ in the sunshine.
Over 400 walkers could choose the 1 mile fully accessible course or the 6 mile longer course through the beautiful woodlands.  Walkers were treated to musical entertainment by the Marlow Ukulele Band whilst registering and 7 year-old Oliver who was celebrating his birthday was sung Happy Birthday to.
Before the walkers set off, Henley Town Councillor Gill Dodds said a few words, “It’s lovely to see so many lovely turquoise t-shirts.  Former Henley Mayor, Sarah Miller who would have opened this event has sadly had to step aside for her own health reasons and she’s starts her treatment next week.  She sends her support.  My Parkinson’s connection is that my husband, Malcom who had Parkinson’s and passed away nearly 2 years.  He was diagnosed in 2016.  It’s a terrible shock when you get a diagnosis but I must say the support groups we have in Henley are very good and we’re very lucky.  Having been a carer myself I hugely value carers, family and friends.  Carers are unsung heroes and when a professional carer on phone call said you’re doing an amazing job and that used to lift me.  All of you are doing an amazing job.  I’d like to use a quote from Nick Wrigley from Shiplake who is here today who said, that one day he hoped people would be able to say that they had Parkinson’s.

Nick Wrigley of the Shiplake Shakers walking team said “It was a hard walk especially so because of the “Wearing Off” period of medication happening half way and having to stop and take my meds. My team were great support and I couldn’t have done it without them so a huge thank you to them and my 46 sponsors for helping raise £1700 for Parkinson’s UK. With so much support for Fundraising and Awareness campaigns such as this, we take a big step forward in the area of research and the quest to find the cause and subsequent cure for Parkinson’s.”

Jo from Chorleywood was walking for her Dad who is 79 and has had Parkinson’s for 4 years.  She said, “His mobility is declining now and he has a lot of falls and he is just recovering from his latest fall.  I hope to raise around £200 or more if I can get some more sponsorship afterwards.  The charity is important to raise awareness and to do research to try and find a cure.  It’s just such a debilitating disease and horrible to see a loved one suffer with it.”

Katy Slade, Community Fundraiser at Parkinson’s UK, said, “I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who took part in the Walk for Parkinson’s at Henley-on-Thames, and also thank the amazing volunteers who made the event possible. In the Thames Valley there are approximately 4,900 people living with Parkinson’s. The amazing efforts of everyone who took part in Walk for Parkinson’s has helped us drive forward the ground-breaking research we urgently need to transform the lives of people affected by the condition.”




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