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Scaling the heights: Stepping out in fundraising to beat Parkinson's

Laura Kearns 26th May, 2021

A FAMILY from Alcester is taking on a gruelling hike up Mount Snowdon to raise money for a cause close to their hearts’.

The Hobby family will tackle a nine mile walk up Snowdon in Wales this  Sunday, May 30, to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK.

Barney, age eight and Minnie, age six, will be joined by their parents Amanda and Alan. They wanted to sign up to the challenge because their grandad David has been living with Parkinson’s for 10 years.

The family had aimed to raise £250, but the total so far stands at some £1,500.

Amanda said: “We are raising money and climbing Snowdon over the spring bank holiday weekend for Parkinson’s UK as it’s very close to our hearts.

“My Dad, and the children’s Grandad, has lived with this horrible and cruel condition for a decade now. He is deteriorating as time goes on, which is heartbreaking to see.

“We thought this would be a fun challenge for the children and what a great achievement for them. We are totally overwhelmed with the generosity of our friends and family – we’ve already smashed our target and it just keeps going up.”

Money raised by the family will go towards research projects funded by Parkinson’s UK as well as vital support services for people with Parkinson’s, their families, friends and carers.

Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, and currently there is no cure. In the UK, there are around 145,000 people living with Parkinson’s, including 12,329 in the West Midlands.

Regional Midlands fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK, Sarah Wakeman, said: “We are so grateful to the Hobby family for taking on this amazing challenge for Parkinson’s UK, and we wish them the best of luck.

“With more than 40 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.”

Visit to sponsor the family.

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