Sophie Zovighian from Kensington will be stepping closer to a cure for Parkinson’s by taking part in the Walk for Parkinson’s fundraising event at Kensington Gardens on Sunday 29 April.
The 29-year-old decided to get involved in the charity Parkinson’s UK’s annual walk in memory of her dad who had Parkinson’s and sadly passed away last year. Sophie will be joined by her brother on the day and they’ve already raised over £1,600 for the charity.
She said: “My father’s Parkinson’s brought him and our family a lot of distress, but he still found a way to fight back and he didn’t let it take control of his life. Our family were all amazed by his determination to carry on with his everyday life and his passions.
“I want to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and the huge impact it has on people with the condition and their families. There are many Parkinson’s symptoms and medication side effects that people aren’t aware of, such as hallucinations, impulsive behaviours, anxiety and depression.
“I read a Parkinson’s UK survey that showed that 40% of people with Parkinson’s feel the need to hide their symptoms out of fear or shame, which I think is so shocking. It’s so important that people with Parkinson’s get the right support.”
You can support Sophie’s fundraising by donating to her Just Giving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/sophie-zovighian
The Walk for Parkinson’s event at Kensington Gardens offers the choice of a two-mile and four-mile route, all set within the grounds of the park.
Sky Sports Presenter and Champion of Walking for Parkinson’s UK Dave Clark was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011. He’s encouraging as many people as possible to get involved in the event.
Dave said: “Thank you to Sophie and her brother for signing up to walk for us this year.
“We want to make 2018 our biggest year yet for the Walk for Parkinson’s series. I’d like to invite everyone, whatever their level of fitness, to take advantage of the many different types of walks, scenic routes and distances available. Exercise can be really beneficial to people living with Parkinson’s. It is as important to me as my medication in helping me take control and manage my symptoms.
“So please join us at Walk for Parkinson’s at Kensington Gardens. Every step takes us closer to a cure and our goal of improving the lives of everyone affected by Parkinson’s.”
Entry fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s.
The funds raised by Walk for Parkinson’s at Kensington Gardens will help Parkinson’s UK to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for the 145,000 people across the UK living with Parkinson’s.