Parkinson’s donor Angela Needs, 75, from Elmer, Bognor Regis, is set to turn daredevil this week to raise £2000 for the charity Parkinson’s UK.
Angela will be undertaking a wing walk at Headcorn Aerodrome, Kent. For ten minutes, she will be strapped to a plane to take to the skies at 120mph at a height of 500ft and is calling on the local community to sponsor her.
Parkinson’s UK is the leading charity driving better care, treatments and quality of life for those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.
Angela decided to undertake the challenge for the charity in remembrance if her much loved grandmother and an inspirational teacher whom she remembers from when she was young, and she wanted to help fund research that could one day find a cure for Parkinson’s.
Angela said: “In 1955, I lost my cherished grandmother at the age of 67 to Parkinson’s.
“Seeing her in an isolation hospital and thereafter developing an interest in aircraft, I decided not only to become a Parkinson’s Donor but also to mark my three-quarters of a century on the Planet with a wing walk to raise funds for more research.
“Over the years, I have encountered other sufferers of this debilitating illness and associated neurological conditions, such as brain tumours, which has only encouraged me further to embark on this venture.”
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure and it affects 145,000 people in the UK – including 121,927 in England / 12,184 in Scotland / 7,692 in Wales / 3,716 in Northern Ireland.
Parkinson’s UK estimate that there are more than 40 symptoms of the condition. As well as the most widely known symptom – tremor – these range from physical symptoms like muscle stiffness to depression, anxiety, hallucinations, memory problems and dementia, but Parkinson’s affects everyone differently.
Katherine Bartrop, head of regional fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, said: “Nobody should have to face Parkinson’s alone – or without hope that one day we’ll find better treatments and a cure.
“Support like this means that we can be there for more people when they need us most and invest in research that will one day bring an end to the condition.
“So we’d like to say a huge thank you for taking part – and wish them the very best of luck!”
To find out how to fundraise for Parkinson’s UK visit: parkinsons.org.uk/fundraising