Parkinsons volunteers get the jump on Falkirk Wheel

Falkirk Provost Pat Reid with the Parkinsons UK volunteers who abseiled down the Falkirk Wheel
Falkirk Provost Pat Reid with the Parkinsons UK volunteers who abseiled down the Falkirk Wheel

A group of adventurers hit the heights and braved 45mph winds to raise over £8000 for a charity by abseiling down the Falkirk Wheel.

The 18 fundraisers from Parkinson’s UK roped 100 feet down the famous landmark despite dealing with gusts of wind, rain and hailstones.

And their determination was rewarded when visitors and huge crowds cheered them on throughout the day and raise a total of £8441.04

Falkirk Provost Pat Reid was there to cheer them on during the event.

Someone is diagnosed with Parkinson’s every hour in the UK. The disease affects 127,000 people – around on in every 500 of the population.

Paul Jackson-Clark, Parkinson’s UK director of fundraising, is appealing for more donations for the charity which carries out vital research into the degenerative neurological condition.

Mr Jackson-Clark said: “I’d like to say a big thank you and congratulations to all the abseilers. I hope their achievement will inspire others to sign up for one of our other events that happen throughout the year.

“As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity we’re leading the work to find a cure, and we’re closer than ever. But our work is dependent on donations.”

For more information www.parkinsons.org.uk.