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Step closer to a cure for Parkinson’s in Yorkshire

Step closer to a cure for Parkinson’s in Yorkshire

Published at 3:40pm 9th January 2018. (Updated at 3:47pm 9th January 2018)

People in Yorkshire are being asked to unite with thousands of others across the UK and step closer to a cure for Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s UK is launching Walk for Parkinson’s 2018 on Thursday 11th January, and the charity is inviting people of all ages and abilities to sign up to a walk near them.

Walks in Yorkshire include Calder Valley on Sunday 24th June, and returns to Ripley on Sunday 15th July.

There are shorter and longer distances to choose from, so whether you’re up for a challenging walk or a gentle stroll, there is something for everyone.

Team entries are welcome too. 

Walking and other types of exercise is particularly important for people with Parkinson’s as research shows that two and half hours of exercise a week can help slow progression of symptoms.

Exercise also has a positive impact on wellbeing and mental health.

Sky Sports Presenter and Champion of Walking for Parkinson’s UK Dave Clark was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011.

	 Dave Clark Walk for Parkinson's

He is a keen walker himself and is encouraging people to get involved.

He said: “We want to make 2018 our biggest year yet for the Walk for Parkinson’s series.

"I’d like to invite everyone, whatever their level of fitness, to take advantage of the many different types of walks, scenic routes and distances available.

"Exercise can be really beneficial for people living with Parkinson’s. It is as important to me as my medication in helping me take control and manage my symptoms.

“So please join us at one of our Walk for Parkinson’s in Yorkshire.

"Every step takes us closer to a cure and our goal of improving the lives of everyone affected by Parkinson’s”.

Last year’s Walk for Parkinson’s in Yorkshire saw more than 200 walkers get involved and raised £18,300.

But this year they want to go bigger!

All money raised by Walk for Parkinson’s will be used to help find better treatments, and ultimately a cure, as well as providing support and information for the 145,000 people affected by Parkinson’s across the UK.

To find out more about the walks, see www.parkinsons.org.uk/walk 

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