A Chorleywood resident is set to walk 300,000 steps across one month to raise funds for the charity Cure Parkinson’s.
86-year-old Joyce Cook will aim for 10,000 steps a day, beginning on April 11, World Parkinson’s Day, and finishing on May 10.
Though Joyce is committed to keeping fit, this challenge will be no easy feat. Joyce said:
“I must admit I am nervous about this challenge: I just hope I can do it! I am 86 years old and I will try to walk 10,000 steps a day, which may be tricky but I will do my best.
“I started training properly in January, but walking in the ice and snow is pretty dangerous. But I love being out in the fresh air, and I love walking, and most of all I am inspired to do everything I can to raise funds for Cure Parkinson’s.
“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’s family have supported the charity since it was founded in 2005, to the extent that her son, Will Cook, also from Chorleywood, became a trustee in 2015 then gave up his job to become the charity’s CEO in 2017.
Will said: “I am inspired by many people around this charity, and hugely proud of my mum – committing to walk 10,000 steps per day at 86 years young is amazing.
“I have offered to walk some of her distance each day with her, but will have to work hard to keep up! She is very focused and loves getting out of the house. And my family is 100 per cent behind her; my 14-year-old son Ben has even taken on the role of her Social Media Manager.”