Walk to raise funds for Parkinson's - the fastest growing neurological condition in the world.

Date published: 21 April 2021

People in Oldham can now sign up to Walk for Parkinson’s to help raise funds and also take part virtually.

Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, and currently there is no cure.

In the UK, there are around 145,000 people already living with Parkinson’s, including approximately 15,256 in the North West. 

Charity Parkinson’s UK has launched its annual Walk for Parkinson’s series, which was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. This year, there are three ways to take part: 

* Join one of their socially distanced organised walks in your area. 

* Walk for Parkinson’s 66 mile challenge: complete 66 miles of walking in July

* Walk for Parkinson’s Your Way: walk 2 or 6 miles wherever you are over 25 and 26 September.

The money raised by Walk for Parkinson’s will help transform the way the charity offers information and support to people with Parkinson’s, and the people in their lives.

This year, the Frank and Evelyn Brake Connect Fund, sponsorship will be matched pound for pound, doubling the impact for people affected by Parkinson’s. 

Organised walks taking place include Crosby Beach, Liverpool on Saturday 4 September. The walks will comply with local coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance.  

This year, there will also be two virtual walking challenges: Walk for Parkinson’s 66 mile challenge and Walk for Parkinson’s Your Way.  

If you know 66 people, you know one person living with Parkinson’s.

You can take on Walk for Parkinson’s 66 by walking 66 miles throughout July. 

How you want to complete this challenge is up to you. Whether it’s alone or socially distanced, all you have to do is reach the target of 66 miles by the end of the month. 

With Walk for Parkinson’s Your Way, you choose your own course, when you do it and who you walk with over the weekend of 25 and 26 September. Participants can choose from two distances - 2 or 6 miles.

Ann Rowe, Head of Regional Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said: “Last year there was so much we couldn’t do, and living in lockdown was difficult and lonely for many of us. For many people with Parkinson’s, their symptoms got worse. 

“Taking part in Walk for Parkinson’s in 2021 is a chance to get outside, connect with the Parkinson’s community and make a difference. By walking together, either in person or virtually, we’re not alone.”  

To take part in Walk for Parkinson’s, visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk/get-involved/walk-parkinsons


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