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The Marathon Man returns - and needs your help

Filed: Monday, 11th March 2019
By: Staff Writer

14 years ago we first asked KUMB readers to help long-standing site member Colin Wells raise funds for homeless charity Shelter.

Since 2005 Colin - aka Forum member Wanstead - has taken part in a whole series of marathons, half marathons and fun runs in order to raise additional much-needed funds for various deserving charities.

And this year both Colin and his daughter Louise - to whom he has passed the fundraising bug - will be taking part in the Chelmsford Walk and the London Marathon respectively on behalf of the Parkinson's UK charity.

Founded in 1969, Parkinson's UK seeks to provide "better care, treatments and quality of life" to those living with the condition whilst providing additional support and assistance to familes, friends and carers.

"My daughter (and fellow Hammer) Louise is raising money and awareness for the charity Parkinsonís UK, by taking part in this years London Marathon," Colin told us. "You can donate at virginmoneygiving.com.

"Later this year, in the summer, I'll be walking five miles with friends and family, on Sunday 7th July 2019 Hyde Hall, Chelmsford, in deepest Essex, in support of Parkinson's UK.

"The walk starts at 10am and your donation or participation in the walk will help to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's. You can donate at justgiving.com."

Having raised many thousands of pounds for other over the years via charitable events, Colin and his family were devastated recently to learn that he had developed Parkinson's himself.

"Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition, causing problems in the brain and body," Colin added. "The number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's in the UK is about 145,000 - that's around one adult in every 350.

"Every 30 mins someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson's - but no-one has to face it alone. The charity Parkinsonís UK offers friendship, support, expert information and advice. They also fund groundbreaking research into Parkinson's and lead the way to find a cure.

"I myself was diagnosed with Parkinson's in September 2017 and benefit greatly from the great work that PUK carry out at national and local levels."

* Donate to Louise's London Marathon appeal here.

* Donate to Colin's Chelmsford Walk appeal here.

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