Scots actor Dougray Scott has urged people across the country to help the fight against Parkinson’s by joining a charity walk event.
The Desperate Housewives and Mission Impossible 2 star’s father had the progressive neurological condition, which has over 40 symptoms including tremor, loss of mobility and dementia.
It affects around 12,400 people in Scotland.
Over the past four years, Walk for Parkinson’s fundraisers across the UK have raised over £1.5 million for Parkinson’s UK’s pioneering research to find a cure for the condition – and the charity believes that scientists could now be on the verge of major breakthroughs.
Speaking for the first time of his father’s life with the condition, Scott said: “My dad lived with Parkinson’s for many years and I saw first-hand the terrible struggles he had and how debilitating this illness was for him, and the helplessness this created for those around him who felt powerless to alleviate his distress.
“Parkinson’s UK’s pioneering research is on the brink of ending Parkinson’s for good, and it would be fantastic if the 12,000 families in Scotland could be spared the anguish of watching their loved ones decline.
“We’re now on the verge of major breakthroughs. So whatever your age, ability or fitness level, please sign up to a walk for Parkinson’s in Scotland and be part of the final push to find a cure.”
Walks in Scotland this year are at: The Kelpies, Falkirk on Thursday 11 April (World Parkinson’s Day), Chatelherault Country Park, Hamilton on Sunday 12 May, Loch Leven, Kinross on Sunday on Sunday 25 August and Brodie Castle, Moray on Sunday 8 September.
To find out more about the walks, and to sign up to one near you, visit www.parkinsons.org.uk/walk
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