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High Wycombe man to run half marathon for charity Parkinson’s UK

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[My leg hurts – photo by Runiversity of life]
A man from High Wycombe, Bucks, will take part in the Great North Run on Sunday 08 September 2019, to raise money for charity Parkinson’s UK.

39-year old, Duncan, says he is running UK’s most iconic half marathon because a cure is needed to avoid the suffering for all. His grandfather was a sufferer of this disease for over 10 years and he witnessed first hand how debilitating and cruel Parkinson’s can be. Duncan wants to help fund research that could one day find a cure for Parkinson’s.

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure, and it affects around 148,000 people in the UK, including 121,927 in England.

Duncan said:

“I originally took on this challenge while my grandfather was alive, along with a race per month, in 2018. The pinnacle race being the 2018 Great North Run on my 39th birthday.”

“My grandfather was always active and looked after his health, to see him suffering like this was extremely sad. He didn’t watch sport on TV, but many times when I visited, he stated; I’m going to watch it, I’m looking forward to it. Sadly he passed away in May 2018 some months before the race.”

“Then, unfortunately, just four weeks before the big day, I fractured my leg on a run. I am hoping this year I do get there to finish off what I started.”

“I am running for all the sufferers, their family members, and friends after witnessing how it can affect anyone in these difficult times.”

“It’s going to be tough as I have struggled getting back to running after fracturing my leg but I’m proud to be raising money that will help support people with Parkinson’s, like my grandfather, and help Parkinson’s UK researchers find a cure.”

“Every penny makes a difference and I’m hoping to raise as much as I can.” 

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. The charity aims to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through pioneering information, support and campaigning.

Katy Payne, Head of Events at Parkinson’s UK, said:

“We’re delighted and grateful that Duncan has chosen to support Parkinson’s UK by taking on the incredible challenge of running the largest half marathon in the world.

Our work supporting people with Parkinson’s, and research to find better treatments and a cure for the condition is completely dependent on donations.

To put it simply, without the support of our amazing fundraisers, the work we do just wouldn’t be possible. We wish Duncan the very best of luck for the Great North Run.”

Duncan Levene has raised £1,186 so far and is hoping to raise £1350+.

To sponsor Duncan please visit:

About Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s UK: 

  • Every hour, two people in the UK are told they have Parkinson’s
  • 148,000 people are diagnosed with the condition in the UK – that’s around one adult in every 350
  • Parkinson’s is a serious degenerative neurological condition which can happen at any age and has a major impact on everyday life. It develops when cells in the brain stop working properly and are lost over time
  • Parkinson’s UK is the UK’s leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s through pioneering research, information, support and campaigning
  • For advice, information and support, visit call Parkinson’s UK’s free, confidential, helpline on 0808 800 0303

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Press Release – The Great North Run for Parkinson’s UK – August 7, 2019
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