Clipstone dog steps out for Parkinson’s

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A CLIPSTONE dog and her owners are getting ready to take part in a sponsored walk to help people with Parkinson’s in the East Midlands.

Irish wolf hound cross Flo-Jo and her owners, Shirley and Kevin McDonnell have registered to take part in the Calke Abbey Walk on Sunday 21th April along with many other people from across the East Midlands.

Shirley said: “Flo-Jo loved wearing her Parkinson’s UK t-shirt at the walk last year and encouraged lots of the other dogs to try on t-shirts!

“My mum was diagnosed with Parkinson’s before she passed away. I still support the work of Parkinson’s UK and this is our little way of saying thank you for the support mum received from the charity.”

The sponsored walk’s two routes begin at the beautiful National Trust Property, Calke Abbey, Ticknall with the nine-mile route starting at 10am and the two-mile route starting at 11am. Walkers will take in spectacular views, walking through Calke Park and past Staunton Harold Reservoir in the National Forest.

Darren Worthy, regional fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK, said: “It is fantastic that Flo-Jo and her family are taking part in the walk. There are around 8,700 people living with Parkinson’s in the East Midlands and an estimated 2,200 of these people live in Nottinghamshire. We are incredibly grateful to Flo-Jo and her family for their support and I hope by them taking part it will encourage others to bring family, friends and four-legged-friends together to walk for Parkinson’s. The walk is a fantastic way for people to have fun and show their support during Parkinson’s Awareness Week.

“Our work is totally dependent on donations; funds raised from this event will enable us to support even more people with Parkinson’s. Help us to find a cure and improve the life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.”

Entry is £10 per adult, £5 per child under 12 and every participant receives a Parkinson’s UK t-shirt.  If you would like further information or entry forms, please contact Darren on 0844 225 9832, email HYPERLINK “mailto:dworthy@parkinsons.org.uk” dworthy@parkinsons.org.uk or visit HYPERLINK “http://www.parkinsons.org.uk/calkeabbeywalk”parkinsons.org.uk/calkeabbeywalk.