Brian’s big walk for Parkinson’s
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