Join the Parkinson’s Winter WonderWalk (11 Dec)

Olivia Miller

A 10k sponsored walk around the historic city of Canterbury, to raise money for the world’s first Parkinson’s Centre for Integrated Therapy, will take place on Saturday 11 December.

The Parkinson’s Centre for Integrated Therapy is a new partnership between the University and national charity Parkinson’s Care and Support UK. It will offer innovative forms of neurostimulation along with free access to long-standing, non-drug therapies such as physiotherapy and psychotherapy when it opens in Spring 2022.

The Winter WonderWalk, which is open to everyone, will start at the University’s Canterbury campus on 11 December at 13.00 and will take a circular route around Canterbury through scenic routes and past renowned landmarks such as Westgate Towers and Gardens, Dane John Gardens and Mound and Canterbury Cathedral. It will finish on the University’s Senate Lawn at 15.30 for a post-event celebration with mulled wine and mince pies. There is no requirement for those taking part to walk the full route, they are just as welcome to join for parts of it.

Using ground-breaking new research led by Professor David Wilkinson (School of Psychology), the Centre will fill a much-needed gap in the support options currently available. Covering clinical, research and education delivery, the Centre will also serve as a community hub for people with Parkinson’s and their families.

Ahead of launching, Parkinson’s Care and Support UK and the University need to raise £400k to support the vital work of the Centre.

Those interested can sign up for the walk via Parkinson’s Care and Support UK’s website.