It's a little bit late, but here goes..... #
Posted by Sean Connelly on September 9, 2011, 8:41 am
You are all probably accustomed of me by now being very cheeky this time of year and asking you all for some (monetary) support while my partner Louise and I give up a couple of hours of our time in just over a week when we take part in this year's Great North Run on Sunday 18th September.
We are always overwhelmed with the generosity of the UKAT members most of whom I've never met or even chatted to online.
This year we will be raising money for Parkinson's UK as Louise's dad was diagnosed with the condition last December.
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. It affects 1 in 500 (that's about 120,000 people in the UK) and while most people diagnosed are aged 50+, younger people can get it too. One in 20 is under the age of 40. Someone Louise used to work with was diagnosed in his early 20s.
Symptoms vary greatly from person to person, are both physical and mental and can sometimes even be induced by the drugs used to treat the condition. So we need new and better treatments for all the debilitating effects and, ultimately, a cure.
We've done the usual and set up a webpage on Justgiving, making it very easy (and secure) for you to make your donation. There are also links to Parkinson's UK (to show where the money is going), the course map and our favourite, the time lapsed video of the course….. if only it was all over in 2 minutes rather than the 2+ hours it takes!
And please tick the Gift Aid box, otherwise that bit goes to the tax man.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and thank you for your continued support.
Sean & Louise x
PS: Look out for us on the BBC on the day! There’ll only be another 50,000 runners so we’ll be easy to spot!
PPS: If anyone would prefer to support our previous charity, The Christie Cancer Hospital in Manchester, then we do have sponsorship forms available for that as well (but not online) so please let me know and we will sort something out.
Link: Sean & Louise's GNR '11 Fundraising Page