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'Wobbly' walkers in charity trek

Bryn Williams
Bryn Williams hopes to raise 26,000 for Parkinson's charities

More than 130 people will walk stages of the West Highland Way over the next week to raise funds for research into Parkinson's Disease.

The walkers will offer support to Bryn Williams, 37, from Glasgow, who was diagnosed with the condition last year.

The father-of-two hopes to raise 26,000 for the Parkinson's Disease Society and the Cure Parkinson's Trust.

Parkinson's destroys nerve cells that produce the brain chemical dopamine, causing movement and balance problems.

Mr Williams hopes to complete the 93-mile route between Milngavie and Fort William by 20 September.

Vital work

He said: "When I was told I had Parkinson's disease I had no idea what the diagnosis actually meant.

"I want to raise awareness of Parkinson's and the walk is my way of fighting the progress of the disease and raising money to help find a cure for this extremely debilitating disease."

Hugo Middlemas, director of fundraising for the Parkinson's Disease Society, said: "We are extremely grateful to Bryn for his fundraising efforts as all the money we use to fund research into Parkinson's comes from voluntary donations.

"This money will help us continue to support this vital work, which will help us get a better understanding of Parkinson's and may even lead to the development of a cure."

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