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Caithness sponsored walk raises £2862 for Parkinson’s charity


By Alan Hendry

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Members and friends of the Caithness Parkinson’s Support Group at the start of their sponsored walk at Thurso harbour.
Members and friends of the Caithness Parkinson’s Support Group at the start of their sponsored walk at Thurso harbour.

Members and friends of Caithness Parkinson’s Support Group took part in a sponsored walk from Thurso harbour to Scrabster in aid of Parkinson’s UK.

They raised £2862 to fund the charity’s vital work.

The group's chairman Neil Morrison, from Thurso, said: “Once again, the group is very grateful to the people of Caithness for their support. It is amazing how much was raised.

"We have to thank the people of Caithness once again for their generosity.”

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

Neil Morrison (centre), chairman of Caithness Parkinson’s Support Group, with Andy Nicolson, who was treasurer until recently, and Sandy Mowat, a former chairperson of the group.
Neil Morrison (centre), chairman of Caithness Parkinson’s Support Group, with Andy Nicolson, who was treasurer until recently, and Sandy Mowat, a former chairperson of the group.

Around 153,000 people in the UK are living with Parkinson’s and every hour two more people are diagnosed. There are more than 40 symptoms, ranging from tremor and pain to anxiety.

Kirsty Berrigan and Rebecca Landolt, heads of community fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, thanked those who took part in the Thurso to Scrabster fundraiser.

“We are so grateful to Caithness Parkinson’s Support Group for taking on this challenge for Parkinson’s UK," Kirsty said.

“With more than 40 potential symptoms, Parkinson’s can devastate lives. We’ve made huge breakthroughs in the last 50 years, but there is still no cure and current treatments are not good enough."

Rebecca added: “We hope that the group's success inspires you to get involved with Parkinson’s UK. There are lots of ways for you to support us, from volunteering at an event to campaigning for better services.

"Without the generosity of people like these, our work would not be possible."

There is still time to sponsor Caithness Parkinson’s Support Group by visiting its JustGiving page.

Parkinson’s UK is the largest charitable funder of Parkinson’s research in Europe, leading the way to better treatments and a cure.

Walkers making their way down to Scrabster harbour.
Walkers making their way down to Scrabster harbour.

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