A team of five friends in their 70s and 80s, led by a woman from Chorleywood, are walking a total of one million steps to raise money for a charity looking for a cure to Parkinson’s disease.
The group’s leader is 87-year-old charity hero Joyce Cook, who last year managed to raise more than £3,500 for Cure Parkinson’s by walking an amazing 369,000 steps in one month.
Joining her is Kate O’Malley from Rickmansworth, husband and wife team Tony and Gill Wright from Chipperfield in Kings Langley and Eleanor Palmer from elsewhere in Hertfordshire.
Speaking about the challenge ahead, Joyce said: “I must admit I am nervous about this challenge; one million steps is an awful lot, but I am so pleased to have four wonderful friends, (and we hope to encourage more to join us!) to help cover the miles.
“This is a wonderful charity – close to my heart – as a dear friend of our family passed away with the condition. His wonderful memory inspires me to raise funds to help find the cure.”
Joyce and her family have supported Curse Parkinson’s since they were founded in 2005, with her son, Will Cook, even going so far as to become a trustee in 2015, and then eventually CEO of the organisation in 2017.
Will said: “I am hugely proud of my mum for bringing this group together, and grateful to each of the team for committing to walk this distance in support of Cure Parkinson’s.”