Walkers in London asked to unite against Parkinson’s


London residents are being asked to unite with thousands of people across the UK and Walk for Parkinson’s at Kensington Gardens on Sunday 29 April.

The event will raise vital funds for the charity Parkinson’s UK, and is one of many walks taking place all over the UK throughout 2018.

Two people are diagnosed with the condition every hour in the UK and Walk for Parkinson’s events aim to raise over £500,000 for research to step closer to a cure.

There are longer and shorter distances to choose from, so whether you’re up for a challenging walk or a gentle stroll, there’s something for everyone. At Kensington Gardens distances include a 2 mile and a 4 mile route, all set within the grounds of the beautiful park. During the walk participants take in the Italian Gardens, The Albert Memorial, and wildlife near The Long Water. This may be just the right celebration of the third Royal baby while raising vital funds for Parkinson’s UK!

It’s the first time Parkinson’s UK has hosted a Walk for Parkinson’s at Kensington Gardens. However, 2018 will be the sixth year we are holding a Walk for Parkinson’s in London, after the long-term success of our Greenwich and Richmond Park walks, we’ve decided to establish a walk at this new location, and bring one of the series of our walks to the West and Central London community as well.

We had 120 walkers at the Greenwich Park walk in 2017 and in the past five years our wonderful walkers raised there over £60,000 for Parkinson’s UK.

Sky Sports Presenter and Champion of Walking for Parkinson’s UK Dave Clark was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2011. He is a keen walker himself and is encouraging people to get involved.

He said: “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.”

The registration fee is £10 for adults and £5 for under 16s. Everyone who registers will receive a free Parkinson’s UK t-shirt, fundraising pack and at the end of the walk, a finisher’s medal.

As the charity is hoping to raise over £500,000 from the 37 events it suggests walkers aim to raise at least £50. All the money raised from the event will fund research to help to find a cure and improve the lives of the 145,000 people in the UK living with Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s UK is also looking for volunteers to help register people at the start/finish area, or to be a walk marshal at various points on the route during the day.

To find out more, or to sign up to walk or volunteer at the event, visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk/walkkensingtongardens  call 0207 963 3912, or email fundraising@parkinsons.org.uk

For a full list of the 37 locations in the Walk for Parkinson’s series, visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk/walks

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