Three and a half years ago, Dave’s wife Ann – who is in her mid-50s – was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Two years ago, the disease forced her to take medical retirement from teaching. ‘My life was turned upside down overnight,’ recalls Ann, ‘but I am now in control again and positive about the future. I am doing well thanks to the Specialist Parkinson’s Centre in the London Road Community Hospital (the old DRI) and The SQuad, a young persons support group in Derby.’
Both Ann and Dave were keen to raise money for Parkinson’s research and have already raised over £3,000 from friends and family donations and fund raising events. You might have been there when they put on a gig with the local Grey White Band at the Milford Social Club in July. Over 100 turned up and helped raise £870. Ann also hosted a coffee morning in her own home during Parkinson’s Awareness Week and raised £1,200.
Now Dave aims to raise even more with his charity trek which has taken him to the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. He and 11 colleagues have successfully scaled the summit of Mount Toubkal which has a steep, rocky terrain and, at 13,670 feet, is the highest Peak in the Atlas range. All the climbers are raising money – Dave hopes to raise more than £2,000.
If you would like to donate, click here for Dave’s own fundraising page.
To read more of Ann’s story, click here for a Derby Telegraph article.