East Stirlingshire announce link up with Parkinsons UK

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Footballers for East Stirlingshire will publicise Parkinsons UK charity as part of a year of action partnership.

The club is also proposing a third kit which will carry publicity for the charity on the back.

20-05-2013. Picture Michael Gillen. STIRLING UNIVERSITY. Parkinson UK working with East Stirlingshire FC. Shirt sponsorship. Steve Ford chief executive Parkinson UK and Tony Ford chairman East Stirlingshire FC.

20-05-2013. Picture Michael Gillen. STIRLING UNIVERSITY. Parkinson UK working with East Stirlingshire FC. Shirt sponsorship. Steve Ford chief executive Parkinson UK and Tony Ford chairman East Stirlingshire FC.

Shire chairman Tony Ford has the illness and said it is an important link, not only to him, but for the charity as a whole.

“Hopefully some of the big hitters can see us doing it and do the same. This is a first for Parkinsons with a sports club and I’d love to see Rangers, Celtic or the Manchester clubs take it on and acknowledge there is value in doing this.

“This was put forward by the board - obviously I suffer Parkinsons and it’s well documented - but it wasn’t by me, but Parkinsons was possibly our idea next year.

“It’s brilliant for the club - I’m a big supporter of the charity and I’m still learning about the illness every day.

“The club is looking to highlight the problems associated with Parkinsons in everyday life, and of raising money for the cause too, that’ll happen throughout the year.

“The club has basically become my life but so is Parkinsons - everything I do is affected by it.

“I had heard of it but didn’t know the facts so I’d like to think this will raise awareness. I get the feeling we are close to a breakthrough with Parkinsons - there’s rightly been a big push on research into cancer and Alzheimer’s, but Parkinsons is on the increase and we need to find out, stop it and eradicate it.”