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VIDEO: Living with Parkinson's: "My cup's normally half full"

VIDEO: Living with Parkinson's: "My cup's normally half full"

Published at 7:52am 19th April 2016. (Updated at 2:06pm 19th April 2016)

A former firefighter from West Yorkshire is showing that a diagnosis of Parkinson's needn't be the end.

Leanne Owen was diagnosed with the condition five years ago, which forced her to retire at the age of 42.

In that time, she's turned her hand to fundraising for the charity Parkinson's UK.

Leanne arrived in Harrogate on Monday as part of Day 1 of her gruelling 477-mile bike ride for Parkinson's Awareness Week.

She was joined on the ride to Skipton by keen cyclist and Harrogate Mayor Nigel Simms.

Every year, Parkinson's Awareness Week highlights the debilitating condition affecting one person in every 500.

"This is my biggest challenge to date," admits Leanne. "I find it difficult to wash my hair or fasten a button.

"The list of tricky everyday tasks goes on.

"But I take a glass half full approach to life and focus on what I can do. And I can ride a bike."


Leanne started a week-long trip from Wakefield on Monday, stopping briefly in Harrogate, before finishing the day in Skipton, where she was due to set off from on Day 2.

You can find out how to support Leanne, or follow her adventure, at www.paw477.co.uk/#!the-challenge/c6kj

PICTURED: Sponsors and supporters welcome Leanne at West Park United Reformed Church, Harrogate