Caring Harrogate Company Take Steps For Parkinson’s

Home Instead who support people living at home in and around the towns of Harrogate, Ripon and Thirsk recently took part in  the fundraising event entitled ‘Walk for Parkinson’s’ to help raise awareness and research funds for Parkinson’s UK.

The event took place at Ripley, starting and ending at the Star Club in Ripley village and the Home Instead team walked 6 miles to fundraise for Parkinson’s.

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition. This means that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. Around 145,000 people live with Parkinson’s in the UK. And it's the fastest growing neurological condition in the world.

Home Instead are part of the Parkinson’s UK Excellence Network and deliver specific training developed by Parkinson’s UK to their caregivers to enable them to support and assist those living with the disease. The cause is very close to Home Instead’s hearts because of their clients who live with Parkinson’s.

People living with Parkinson’s do not have enough of the chemical  dopamine because some of the nerve cells that make it have died . Symptoms start to appear when the brain cannot make enough dopamine to control movement properly

Parkinson’s  researchers are working hard every day to find a cure and events such as 'Walk for Parkinson’s' is just one way to raise important funds for research to continue .  

The team at home instead were more than happy to get involved and get their walking shoes on, Sheena Van Parys , co-owner of Home Instead said; ‘ it is great for us as a team to come together for these events, to raise awareness and funds  for a disease that may affect the people we care for. We are still fundraising even after the event , so we hope to raise a significant amount. Around 60 people turned up for the walk which is fantastic especially under the current pandemic restrictions, Jacquie McGuire and her team made sure that the event was covid safe for all involved and did a fantastic job in allowing the event to run despite the restrictions.'

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