Family fun day for charity close to Norwich landlord’s heart

Landlord at the Stanley Arms, James Riches, who is to host a live music event to raise funds for Par

Landlord at the Stanley Arms, James Riches, who is to host a live music event to raise funds for Parkinsons Research after his friend Mark Whitworth, front, has been diagnosed with the condition. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2016

A Norwich landlord has organised a family fun day for a charity close to his heart.

A landlord has organised a family fun day for a charity close to his heart.

James Riches, 41, and his wife, Pamela Riches, 35, took over the Stanley Arms, in Magdalen Road, three months ago. Immediately wanting to use their business to make a difference, they decided to throw an event to raise money for Cure Parkinson's Trust.

Mr Riches' friend, Mark Whitworth, was diagnosed with Parkinsons seven years ago - when he was just 38 years old.

Mr Whitworth, 45, from Thorpe St Andrew, said: 'I'm very grateful, it's nice to get a friend involved and you really need your friends at times like this.


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'The Cure Parkinson's Trust does research into a cure, which is really important.'

On July 10, there will be a BBQ, children's games and activities, a raffle and music.

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From 1pm until 8pm, people of all ages are welcome to attend and there is free entry to the event being held at the Stanley Arms pub.

All of the proceeds will be donated to the charity.

Mr Riches said: 'As a good friend of mine, Mark, has been diagnosed with Parkinsons and we have a business, we decided to raise some money - we hope everyone can enjoy the day and donate.'

Since being diagnosed, Mark Whitworth has launched a support group, called Parkinson Ride.

He said: 'When I was diagnosed, I was only 38 and I went to an older support group and seeing people who were far along just wasn't for me, so I started another group for younger people, we meet up sometimes and offer support online and social media.'

• If you have a news story about a charity event, email jemma.walker@archant.co.uk

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