Brian’s big walk for Parkin­son’s

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

A MAN is to take on a marathon walk for char­ity in mem­ory of his mum.

Brian Sut­ton, 53, will walk the fa­mous Coast to Coast over a two week pe­riod.

Brian, who lives on the We­ston, is tak­ing on the chal­lenge for Parkin­son’s UK, the char­ity that sup­port peo­ple with the con­di­tion and their fam­i­lies.

His mum Mil­dred, who was known as Mil­lie, had Parkin­son’s, which is a pro­gres­sive neu­ro­log­i­cal con­di­tion.

Mil­lie got a lot of sup­port from the char­ity be­fore she died in 2000 aged 79.

Brian, a re­tired joiner, said: “Mum was a nurse in the war and treated peo­ple with the con­di­tion.

“She was dev­as­tated when she her­self was di­ag­nosed. She fought the dis­ease for 11 years. I was very proud of my mum.

“I’ve al­ways wanted to do some­thing as a way of thank­ing the char­ity for their sup­port while mum was with us. Hope­fully I can raise a few pounds.”

Walk­ing is Brian’s pas­sion and he is reg­u­larly found traips­ing the lo­cal area.

His last big walk was when he took on the Pen­nine Way 10 years ago.

Brian said: “Walk­ing is like a hol­i­day from mod­ern life. It’s hard work, but is re­ally worth it.”

Brian plans to set off in the middle of May.

He is be­ing helped by Fox Scaf­fold­ing (NW) Ltd which has do­nated some equip­ment for him to use dur­ing his chal­lenge.

Brian has set up a web­site to al­low peo­ple to do­nate to him.

It can be found via www.just­giv­ing.com/ bri­an­sut­ton.

The Coast to Coast Walk is a 192-mile longdis­tance foot­path across North­ern Eng­land.

De­vised by Al­fred Wain­wright, it passes through three na­tional parks: the Lake District Na­tional Park, the York­shire Dales Na­tional Park, and the North York Moors Na­tional Park.

The tra­di­tion by walk­ers is to dip their booted feet in the Ir­ish Sea at St Bees and, at the end of the walk, in the North Sea at Robin Hood’s Bay.

Peo­ple with Parkin­son’s don’t have enough of a chem­i­cal called dopamine be­cause some nerve cells in their brain have died.

There’s cur­rently no cure for Parkin­son’s and we don’t yet know why peo­ple get the con­di­tion.

With­out dopamine peo­ple can find that their move­ments be­come slower so it takes longer to do things.

There’s cur­rently no cure for Parkin­son’s.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit www.parkin­sons. org.uk

●● Brian Sut­ton’s late mum Mil­lie suf­fered from Parkin­son’s dis­ease

●● Brian Sut­ton, from Mac­cles­field, is tak­ing on the walk to raise money for Parkin­son’s UK

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