First charity challenge for mum, 67, inspired to help Parkinson’s sufferers

Lynne Gray with son Aleck, husband Tim Douglas, daughter Kezia, and her son Finlay.
Lynne Gray with son Aleck, husband Tim Douglas, daughter Kezia, and her son Finlay.

A woman from Clapham preparing for her first charity challenge is urging other people to take part and help Parkinson sufferers.

Walkers are being invited to take part in Walk for Parkinson’s at The Forest of Marston Vale on Sunday, July 3, around the beautiful grounds of the countryside site.

Lynne Gray, 67, was inspired to get involved as a family friend has Parkinson’s and she wanted to do something to help.

She said: “It has inspired me to get out and walk and I want to encourage other people to join the fundraising event in the scenic forest centre and help Parkinson’s UK.”

As well as enjoying the outdoors, Lynne says walking has helped continue shedding some pounds before her son Aleck, 34, gets married on June 24. Lynne was married herself just last year, to Tim Douglas, and her son gave her away.

She added: “I’m looking forward to joining others to enjoy a lovely day in the scenic grounds of The Forest Centre of Marston Vale.”

The event at the forest centre is designed for walkers of all ages and abilities, and is an opportunity to take a stroll and enjoy a great day out with friends and family.

Walkers can choose from 2.5 miles or 5 miles. There is no minimum sponsorship required to take part, but the charity is hoping to raise over £315,000 from the 35 events, so suggests walkers aim to raise at least £50.

The entry fee is £10 for adults, £5 for under 16s. All walkers will receive a fundraising pack with tips and advice, sponsorship forms and an exclusive T-shirt to wear on the day.

All money raised from the walk will help Parkinson’s UK’s work to provide support and information for people affected by the condition and to help find better treatments, and ultimately a cure.

As well as walkers, the charity is on the look-out for volunteers to help register people at the start/finish area or to be a walk marshal at various points on the route during the day.

To find out more and to sign up to walk or volunteer visit call 0207 963 9367 or email

For a full list of the 35 locations in the Walk for Parkinson’s series, visit

Sky Sports presenter Dave Clark is the Champion of Walking for Parkinson’s UK in

2016 and is encouraging as many people as possible to sign up.

Dave, who has been living with Parkinson’s since 2011, explains: “As a sports

fanatic, being diagnosed with Parkinson’s has inevitably meant that some of the

things that I used to do to keep fit are that much harder now.

“Walking gets the heart pounding and also helps me with flexibility and balance. And being out of doors in green spaces with nature all around you is so good for your mental well-being and the soul.

“That’s why I’d like to invite everyone, whatever their level of fitness, to join Walk for Parkinson’s – The Forest of Marston Vale. Together we can raise much needed funds to get one step closer to a cure.”

As well as the Champion of Walking in 2016, Dave has secured a charity of the year partnership between Parkinson’s UK and the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC).

Volunteers will be at PDC darts events across the country to raise vital funds and awareness of the charity and the support it can offer.