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People in Kent invited to Walk for Parkinson’s

People in Kent are invited to join Parkinson’s UK at Lullingstone Country Park, Eynsford, Kent on 17 September for a fundraising walk to help fund vital research to find better treatments and a cure for the condition.

Walk for Parkinson’s is the charity’s national community fundraising series, and everyone is encouraged to get involved to get active, meet new people, and help fund life changing research.

The Walk for Parkinson’s event offers two routes to suit everyone through the wonderful Kent countryside. Take in beautiful wildflower meadows, rolling hills and uninterrupted nature with either a shorter, family friendly one-mile route which is fully accessible, or a six-mile route for those wanting to take on more of a challenge

Walkers will warm up together, walk together, and finish together as they start and end their walk at Lullingstone Country Park with other members of the Parkinson’s community.

There will be a refreshments stand to grab a drink and sit down with friends and family and snacks will be available at the registration stand. Those taking part will also be able to enjoy the beautiful scenery and local wildlife. During the event, people from Parkinson’s UK and the wider Parkinson’s community will be on hand to provide information on the condition, the charity and the support available to those who need it.

Sonja Bateup, Regional Fundraiser for South East England at Parkinson’s UK, said:

“Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world. In Kent there are 3,760 people living with the condition. Every hour, two more people in the UK are diagnosed, meaning 1 in 37 people alive today will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in their lifetime.

“There’s no cure for Parkinson’s. Yet. But if we walk together, we can make a difference to the lives of people with Parkinson’s. We can make breakthroughs. We can find a cure.

Whatever your age or fitness level, we’d love to see you at Lullingstone Country Park to Walk for Parkinson’s. Take the first step and sign up today!”

It costs just £12 to sign up to Walk for Parkinson’s (under 18s go free!) and it’s suggested you try and raise £50 in sponsorship. All walkers will receive a fundraising pack with tips and advice, sponsorship forms and an exclusive Walk for Parkinson’s t-shirt to wear on the day.

As well as walkers, the charity is on the look-out for volunteers to help on the day. To find out more about Walk for Parkinson’s and to sign up to walk or volunteer visit: parkinsons.org.uk/get-involved/walk-parkinsons or email: walk@parkinsons.org.uk 

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