East Stirlingshire to support Parkinsons UK

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 are hoping for a big turn out for the visit of Stirling Albion but also to support the club’s second Parkinson’s Awareness Day of the season.

The charity, Parkinson’s UK, is the club’s good cause of the year and as well as raising money for help find a cure for the disease the club is also doing its bit to raise awareness of the issue.

There will be bucket collections at the game and Shire will wear their special blue shirt which carries a message of support for Parkinson’s UK. Club chairman, Tony Ford, suffers from the disease and is keen that Saturday helps raise its profile.

“The partnership between the club and Parkinson’s UK has been a successful one this season,” said Tony. “It’s not just about raising money, although we hope everyone who turns up on Saturday gives what they can.

“Just as importantly, though, its about making sure that more people know what Parkinson’s disease is and the effects it can have on sufferers and their families.

“The idea of having a charity of the year is a new one for us and is part of a corporate social responsibility programme that we would like to grow as time goes on. We have made a successful start with Parkinson’s UK and I know from speaking tom people at the charity that they are pleased with what has been achieved so far,” he said.