Flower Power Fundraising for Parkinsons

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National Gardens Scheme Cycling Challenge
Raworth Gardens - by Kate Raworth

Paul Jackson-Clark, Director of Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, is celebrating havingcycled around 16 open gardens in London on Sunday 5 June to celebrate the NGS – National Gardens Scheme – fourth Festival Weekend.

Paul who lives in Bromley, carried out the 78km challenge on a bespoke folding bicycle kindly donated by bike manufacturer Brompton. Paul was joined by Ghalib Ullah from Parkinson’s UK and Lothar Mental and Richard Nord, who both come from Bromley. The challenge, which started in Twickenham and ended in Dulwich, was completed in 7 hours, 41 minutes and 31 seconds.

It was the second time Paul has taken on the garden cycling challenge.

Paul comments, “Between us, we drank about 60 cups of tea, ate about 40 slices of cake and still managed to get back on our bikes and cycle 78km!. Most importantly, we visited sixteen incredible National Garden Scheme openings, with fabulous volunteer hosts.

“We were able to say thank you to each and every one for opening their garden to raise funds for charities like Parkinson’s UK; we’re so grateful to them and the National Garden Scheme for their incredible support. Thanks to Brompton, I was able to pedal my way round in comfort!

“As a charity we are delighted and honoured to be a permanent beneficiary of the National Garden’s Scheme so visiting as many open gardens as we can in one day seemed the perfect way to celebrate.”

To date, the NGS has raised an incredible £622,000 for Parkinson’s UK. Since the partnership began in 2013, Parkinson’s UK has helped to fund 29 new nursing posts – a great achievement that the NGS has significantly contributed to.

The next challenge for Paul and his Brompton bike will be tackling Ventouxᵌ – a triple ascent of the mountain that stands 1,912 metres above sea level in Provence, France on Saturday 18 June.

Once Paul has completed his second challenge, he’ll be giving the unique bike away in a free prize draw.

To find out details of how to #winthebike visit: justgiving.com or text BIKE to 86222 to make an optional £5 donation via mobile. All proceeds will go to Parkinson’s UK.

Founded in 1927, The National Gardens Scheme (NGS) has donated more than £45 million to its beneficiary charities. The NGS will give £2.7 million in 2016 to nursing and caring charities from money raised in 2015 at 3,800 private gardens in England and Wales

Charities supported by the National Gardens Scheme include the Queen’s Nursing Institute, Macmillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie, Hospice UK, Carers Trust, Perennial, Parkinson’s UK, Horatio’s Garden and the MS Society. Further donations are also made.

Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson’s. It affects 127,000 people in the UK – which is around one in 500 of the population.

Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity.

Symptoms vary from person to person, so people with Parkinson’s can benefit hugely from local groups which provide support and an opportunity to share experiences with others in a similar situation.

Parkinson’s UK is the UK’s leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.

For advice, information and support, visit www.parkinsons.org.uk or call their free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.

 

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