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Parkinson's sufferer raises £13,000 to fight disease through series of bike rides

posted Aug 16, 2016, 6:05 PM by Dianne James


A Parkinson's sufferer who fought back against the disease has raised £13,000 by cycling hundreds of miles.

Trevor Nobbs, of Brantham Hill, Brantham, received the life-changing diagnosis five years ago when he was 55.

He has since raised a staggering sum to help fund research into a cure and raise awareness.

Trevor, 60, decided to train for one length y cycle ride a year, to raise money for Parkinson's UK and keep his body active.
He said: “I suffer stiffness down my right hand side of body.

“These challenges are a way of trying to use my muscles, if you don’t use it you lose it.

“Research done says regular cycling can reduce the symptoms, which include insomnia and general stiffness.”

Mr Nobbs said next year it will be 200 years since the disease was discovered.

He said: “Different people react to it in different ways, it is difficult to diagnose.

“It can also affect people at any age. I first noticed a problem when I was collecting some travel cheques from the local bank, I noticed I was having increasing difficulty in signing my own name.

“It really crept up on me and was the first alarm bell.

“Someone also pointed out that when I was walking I wouldn’t be swinging my right arm.

“When I was diagnosed I was in denial.

You go through a range of feelings – why me, why is it I have been selected to have this disease?

“There was a period of time before I came to accept it and actually begin to talk about it.”

On August 6, Trevor pedalled from Brantham to Cromer, in Norfolk, and back – just under 200 miles .

With the suppor t of good friend Phil Wainwright and son Ed, Trevor has also conquered the 120-mile overnight ride the Dunwich Dynamo and the 210- mile Tour de Suffolk.

He said: “I just felt I had to do my bit, and of course the motivation is partly selfish.

“You feel like you have to do everything possible to find that cure, before it’s too late.”

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