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Step Up To Walk For Parkinson’s In Powys

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People across Powys in Wales are being asked to help stop Parkinson’s for good by joining their local Walk for Parkinson’s event at Lake Vyrnwy on Sunday 14 July.

The Lake Vyrnwy Walk for Parkinson’s event is one of 45 across the UK set to raise over £600,000 for charity Parkinson’s UK’s pioneering research to find better treatments and a cure for the condition.  

At this family-friendly event, there is the choice of a two-mile or 12-mile walk around the national nature reserve. Walkers will be able to explore the lake’s hidden inlets, historic landmarks, and enjoy the wildlife and views.

One in 37 of us will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in our lifetime. This neurological condition affects people of all ages and has over 40 symptoms including tremor, loss of mobility and dementia.  

Over the past four years Walk for Parkinson’s fundraisers have raised over £1.5 million for Parkinson’s UK’s pioneering research to find a cure – and the charity believes that scientists could now be on the verge of a major breakthrough.

Welsh TV broadcaster and Parkinson’s UK supporter Sian Lloyd, whose mum has Parkinson’s, took part in a Walk for Parkinson’s event last year. She’s asking people to sign up to the walk. Sian said: My mum has been living with Parkinson’s for nine years, and I have seen first-hand the devastation it can cause.

“The pioneering research Parkinson’s UK funds is so, so important, and we’re now on the verge of major breakthroughs that could end Parkinson’s for good.

“So whatever your age, ability, or fitness level, please sign up to walk at Lake Vyrnwy and be part of the final push to find a cure.”

The registration fee for the event is £12 for adults and £5 for under 16s, with team discounts available. Everyone who registers will receive a free Parkinson’s UK t-shirt, fundraising pack and at the end of the walk, a finisher’s medal. Walkers should aim to raise a minimum of £50 in sponsorship.

To sign up to the walk, or to find out more, please visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk/walklakevrynwy call 020 7963 3912, or email fundraising@parkinsons.org.uk

For a full list of the 45 locations in the Walk for Parkinson’s series, visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk/walks

Did you know?

Every hour two people in the UK are told they have Parkinson’s.

It affects 145,000 people in the UK – which is around one adult in every 350.

Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity.

Symptoms vary from person to person, so people with Parkinson’s can benefit hugely from local groups which provide support and an opportunity to share experiences with others in a similar situation.

Parkinson’s UK is the UK’s leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning. 

For advice, information and support, visit www.parkinsons.org.uk or call our free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.

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