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Walk to aid Parkinson's awareness
8:00am Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
A walk to raise awareness and money to support people with Parkinson’s disease will be a poignant event for organiser Carrie Simpson.
The fundraiser for the Bradford and Shipley branch of the Parkinson’s Disease Society is in its third year, but it is the first time Miss Simpson has been involved with arranging it.
The new mum started volunteering with the charity, which offers support and advice to Parkinson’s sufferers and carers, in April after being made redundant from her job at Thomas Cook’s in Bradford.
“I’ve known about the society for a while and it’s always been something I wanted to do, to help out, but I’ve never had chance to do anything,” the 25-year-old said.
Her grandfather, Billy Roberts, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s when she was eight.
“He was diagnosed when I was little and I’ve seen him suffering from the disease,” said Miss Simpson of Grange Avenue, Allerton.
Mr Roberts, also of Allerton, died in January, 2012.
Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological disorder which tends to affect people aged 50 or more, although approximately one in 20 of those diagnosed are under 40.
Miss Simpson, who starts a new job shortly as a teaching assistant, said the money raised would support the charity’s regular exercise group. A Big Lottery grant covered the costs for the first year, but since November 2011 the branch has been responsible for funding the sessions held at Bolton Methodist Church Hall and transport to them.
This year the 110 per cent Walk will be held in Lister Park on September 7, at 1pm.
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