Walking Norfolk’s coastline to fund a cure for Parkinson’s
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A Parkinson's disease sufferer is walking Norfolk's coastline to raise funds for research and raise awareness of the condition.
Tim Daber was diagnosed with Parkinson's at the age of 58, in 2016. Two years later, he is set to walk the 60 miles from Sea Palling to Hunstanton to mark his 60th birthday, in aid of the Cure Parkinson's Trust (CPT).
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Mr Daber said he never realised Parkinson's was incurable until he was diagnosed. Experts say it could be if funding could be found for research.
'Perhaps I am naive but it hadn't occurred to me that there was no cure simply because of lack of investment,' he said. 'For me it was a defining moment and I resolved there and then to raise a significant sum for Parkinson's research.
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'Soon after that I hit upon the ambitious plan for the 60/60 Walk - 60th birthday and the approximate length of the walk - with a fund raising target of £100,000.'
Mr Daber, who comes from Northamptonshire, sets off from Sea Palling on Saturday, August 18, with donations and pledges so far accounting for more than £50,000.
He will be joined on the last day of his walk to Hunstanton on Tuesday, August 21, by best-selling author BA Paris, known for her crime-thriller novels Behind Closed Doors, the Breakdown and Bring Me Back.
A launch party saw funds raised by a successful raffle and auction, while a wine-tasting event, quiz night and classic bike rally are all planned to raise more funds and awareness for CPT.
Hunstanton Tennis Week, Britain's biggest open tournament, has agreed to adopt the walk as their charitable cause for this year, and a friend Keith Gresham has also provided £15,000 in match funding though his Runcorn based company, Axtec.
Congham Hall is hosting a reception after the walk, at which Mr Daber will present the proceeds of his walk to the Cure Parkingon's Trust.
Helen Matthews, deputy CEO of the charity, said: 'We aim to cure Parkinson's and the only way we will do this is through the help of all our supporters - it's as simple as that.'
Around 145,000 people in the UK are living with Parkinson's, while one in 37 people will be diagnosed in their lifetime.
Mr Daber's fund raising page can be found here.