This important 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.
The Swansea Walk is on May 20th starting at 10.30am, moving through the beautiful and iconic sweep of Swansea Bay. Beginning at the 360 Beach and Watersports Centre on Mumbles Road, walkers will follow the coastline path and enjoy magnificent views across the bay. With a choice of distances (1.2 mile and 6.2 miles ) and flat throughout, this walk is suitable for all ages and abilities.
Walking and other types of exercise is particularly important for people with Parkinson’s as research shows that two and half hours of exercise a week can help slow progression of symptoms. Exercise also has a positive impact on wellbeing and mental health.
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. All money raised by Walk for Parkinson’s will be used to help find better treatments, and ultimately a cure, as well as providing support and information for the 7,700 people affected by Parkinson’s across Wales.
To find out more about the walks, see www.parkinsons.org.uk/walk
Every hour two people in the UK are told they have Parkinson’s. It affects 145,000 people in the UK – which is around one adult in every 350. Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremors, 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 our free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.