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Parkinson's Awareness Week marked at Gravesend Cyclopark

posted May 9, 2017, 9:20 PM by Dianne James
People living with Parkinson’s took to specially adapted bikes at the Cyclopark to raise awareness of the disease.

About 40 people went along to the Gravesend park where they rode on bikes designed to give people with disabilities and mobility problems the chance to join in with other cyclists.

The Gravesend branch of Parkinson’s UK arranged it as part of Parkinson’s Awareness Week and the Mayor of Gravesham Cllr Greta Goatley popped along for a visit and had a go on one of the bikes.

Alan Lander, who is joint branch co-ordinator with his wife Ann, said: “It went wonderfully. I was overwhelmed by how many people turned up and everybody enjoyed themselves.

“Our members were having a whale of a time. The Cyclopark was absolutely brilliant and gave us whatever help we needed.

"We’re having terrific funding problems, like everyone else, and the object of the exercise was to make people aware of Parkinson’s and how they can help by raising as much as they can.

“We run a support group, which does exactly what it says. It gives people the opportunity to chat about anything.

"It’s very therapeutic. You can talk and get to know each other and realise you’re not alone.”

The Gravesend branch of Parkinson’s UK meets at Chalk Village Hall, Chalk Road, Chalk, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on the last Monday of the month.Members listen to speakers and singers, eat homemade cakes and play rock and roll bingo, where they strike off song titles instead of numbers.

There are also sitting down exercise classes and other events throughout the month.

Call 01474 813089 or email Gravesend.parkinson@yahoo.co.uk to find out more.

Source:  Kent on line
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