Next month Anne Twist is taking a walk through the very picturesque Cheshire county to raise money and awareness for a charity very close to her heart, Parkinson’s UK.
Her Dad Brian Selley suffers from Parkinsons Disease, for which there is no cure, so Anne is taking part in “Walk for Parkinson’s” and walking from the village of Eccleston to Chester as part of Parkinson UK’s fundraising walk in the hopes that one day they find a cure.
Brian was diagnosed with the disease in 2009. Parkinsons is a condition which sees the steady loss of cells which produce messaging chemical dopamine within the brain.
Symptoms can vary depending on the individual but can include tremors, slowed movement, stiffness, cramps, tiredness, dizziness, slurred speech and difficulty swallowing.
People with Parkinson’s can also experience depression, delusions, hallucinations and anxiety. Roughly 127,000 people in the UK have the condition and many more live with its impact on family and friends.
“With dad, it started with a slight tremor in one hand which was never much of an issue. But then other mobility problems began to manifest themselves and sometimes he would freeze or it would seem as if his feet were sticking to the floor. He is lucky enough to have a Parkinson’s nurse who is local to him and I know not everybody has that.- Anne Twist, speaking to The Express and Parkinson’s Life in 2017
Anne has supported the charity for over five years and often fundraises and raises awareness of the disease, she even went white water rafting to raise money to hopefully someday in the future find a cure.
You can find out more about Parkinson’s UK and sign up for your local fundraising walk here.
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