Broadcaster Claire McCollum encourages others to sign up for Walk for Parkinson’s | News in Newry

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Monday, September 12th, 2022
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Charity Parkinson’s UK has launched its annual Walk for Parkinson’s series, which includes a number of organised walks across the UK – including one in Belfast, which is open to anyone living across Northern Ireland.

 

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Claire McCollum, the Northern Irish broadcaster and journalist, is supporting Walk for Parkinson’s at Barnett Demesne on 25 September, to help fund vital research to find better treatments and a cure for the condition.

Her dad, Sam, lived with Parkinson’s for over 12 years.

 


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Claire explains, “Very sadly we lost my wonderful dad, Sam, on 1 March last year.

“He faced Parkinson’s with amazing courage and bravery.

“As a family, we are determined to keep pushing for better treatments and support for people with Parkinson’s in his memory.

“Taking part in Walk for Parkinson’s – however suits you best – moves us closer to the day we find a cure for the condition.

“Your support, along with the thousands of others taking part right across the UK, will help power the research breakthroughs that are so urgently needed.”

Money raised by Walk for Parkinson’s will help fund Parkinson’s UK’s vital work to accelerate breakthroughs in research.

The four-mile sponsored walk will explore the historic estate in Lagan Valley Regional Park whilst taking in Malone House as well as the beautiful meadows and woodland along the River Lagan. 

The walk is one for all the family and dogs are also welcome on leads. 

The walk is mostly pathed with some woodland which will not be suitable for wheelchairs.

 


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Ann Rowe, Head of Regional Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, says, “Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world and currently there is no cure.

“Current treatments aren’t good enough, and people can experience distressing side effects from their medication.

“Parkinson’s UK is leading the way towards research breakthroughs, but we need your support.

“Walk for Parkinson’s 2022 is a chance to enjoy a stroll in the beautiful Lagan Valley Regional Park – all while funding vital research into the condition.

She adds, “Together, we can take strides towards finding a cure.”

Sign-up for the Belfast walk closes on Sunday 18 September, one week before the event, and you cannot sign up on the day. 

To take part visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk/get-involved/walk-parkinsons

 


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