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Fitness group works out way to back fight against Parkinson's

20th May 2014 Nottingham Evening Post Tags: 0 Comments


MORE than £800 has been raised to help support people with a degenerative disease.

Members of the Shape-Fitness group based at the Cliffe Hill Community Centre in Stapleford, staged a fund-raising event for the Parkinson’s Disease Society.

The charity event which took place at Trowell Parish Hall was attended by more than 40 people.

Sheila Cullen, who has Parkinson’s Disease, raised awareness of the condition when she enrolled as a club member and became a regular at classes as a way of fighting the illness.

The Wollaton resident said: “I joined Shape Fitness quite a few years ago now and have found the contrasting exercises and routines really beneficial to my needs.

“Parkinson’s is a progressive disease of the nervous system which is made apparent by tremors, muscular rigidity, and slow imprecise movement, mainly affecting middle aged and elderly people.”

On the day 40 people took part in a programme of aerobics, pilates, hoola hooping, and dance routines.

There were a variety of stalls selling perfumes, clothing, cards, jewellery and bric-a-brac as well as a nail technician.

Shape-Fitness owner Nicky Blakey said: “The spirit of friendship and camaraderie which is generated within our Shape Fitness groups is a testimony to the many lovely, caring people we have as members.

“They have shown great support to this initiative especially because of Sheila who has shown that despite adversity there is always help around the corner.”

In total Shape Fitness raised £850 for the Parkinson’s Disease Society.

Fitness teacher Teresa Faux from the club, said: “The money will go to those who work each day in a bid to find a cure for this terrible illness.”

Charity director Paul Jackson-Clark said: “One person every hour is diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the UK – yet despite this it remains a little-understood condition.

“That’s why events like the one held by Shape Fitness are brilliant in helping people with Parkinson’s to take control of their condition as well as raising awareness.”

Shape Fitness Stapleford

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