A man from Buckley, Flintshire, has cycled 980 miles from Land’s End to John O’Groats, to raise £4,000 for charity Parkinson’s UK.
54-year-old, David Knight, took on the cycling event in memory of his late father-in-law, Derrick Harding, who lived with Parkinson’s for fifteen years.
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure, and it affects around 148,000 people in the UK, including 7,692 in Wales.
“I am delighted to have completed this charity cycle in memory of my father-in-law Derrick who had Parkinson’s. I have been overwhelmed by people’s interest and support which I have received whilst undertaking the event.
“It’s a wonderful feeling and I am so happy to have raised awareness of the condition and raised a huge amount for Parkinson’s UK.”
Parkinson’s UK estimate that there are more than 40 symptoms of the condition. As well as the most widely known symptom – tremor – these range from physical symptoms like muscle stiffness to depression, anxiety, hallucinations, memory problems and dementia, but Parkinson’s affects everyone differently.
The charity aims to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through pioneering research, information, support and campaigning.
Ann Rowe, Head of Regional Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said:
“We’d like to congratulate David for completing the incredible challenge of cycling from Land’s End to John O’Groats, to raise money for Parkinson’s UK.
“Our work supporting people with Parkinson’s, and research to find better treatments and a cure for the condition is completely dependent on donations.
“To put it simply, without the support of our amazing fundraisers, the work we do just wouldn’t be possible.”
To sponsor David, please visit: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DavidKnights4