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Cardiff walkers urged to put their best foot forward in aid of Parkinson’s UK Cymru

Cardiff walkers have been urged to put their best foot forward in aid of Parkinson’s UK Cymru.

People in the nation’s capital are invited to join the charity at Bute Park on October 8 for a fundraising walk to help fund vital research to find better treatments and a cure for the condition.

Walk for Parkinson’s is the charity’s national community fundraising series, and everyone is encouraged to get involved to get active, meet new people, and help fund life changing research.

The Walk for Parkinson’s event offers a range of distances around the beautifully landscaped gardens and rich parkland in the heart of Cardiff City centre.

These include a shorter, family friendly 2 mile route which is fully accessible as well as a 6 mile route for those wanting to take on more of a challenge.

Walkers will warm up together, walk together, and finish together as they start and finish at Bute Park Visitors Centre with other members of the Parkinson’s community. There will be a variety of Parkinson’s information stalls including local groups and Dance for Parkinson’s to visit as well as a performance by Sparky Samba group.

Keri Mckie, Regional Fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK Cymru, said: “Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world. In Wales there are around 7,000 people living with the condition. Every hour, two more people in the UK are diagnosed, meaning 1 in 37 people alive today will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in their lifetime”.

“There’s no cure for Parkinson’s yet. But if we walk together, we can raise the funds to make a difference to the lives of people with Parkinson’s. We can make significant scientific breakthroughs that can help improve treatment of the condition and we can find a cure”.

“Whatever your age or fitness level, we’d love to see you at Cardiff to Walk for Parkinson’s. Take the first step and sign up today!”

It costs just £12 to sign up to Walk for Parkinson’s (under 18s go free!) and there is no minimum sponsorship required to take part. All walkers will receive a fundraising pack with tips and advice, sponsorship forms and an exclusive Walk for Parkinson’s t-shirt to wear on the day.

 

As well as walkers, the charity is on the look-out for volunteers to help on the day. To find out more and to sign up to walk or volunteer visit: parkinsons.org.uk/get-involved/walk-parkinsons or email: [email protected]