Courage… who is MollyMoo?
Unfortunately my uncles' family poodle MollyMoo passed away a few weeks ago. She was one of the reasons getting Johnny out of the house. He'd walk her 8 times a day. And it's uncle Johnny who was diagnosed with having the neurological condition Parkinson's disease over 15 years ago. He's one jolly soul. His partner, my uncle Geoff, dotes on him, helping to abate the condition through administering the regime of daily pills.
They still work to the hallmarks of being outgoing and hospitable types. Maybe coming from a pattern of behaviour of years running the Lyndene hotel up there in Coronation Street, Blackpool, in the England's North West for, well, let's say donkey's years.
What type of support?
So, on Sept 6th this year I arrived in Paris having cycled nearly 500km from our starting point in Blackheath London. (Yes we rode a bit further than we at first thought – but let's pay no bones to that! I had the will and determination to do). So the cycle is to raise awareness and money for the support charity Parkinson's UK.
Understanding the situation?
The Parkinson's is a massive daily struggle for both the sufferer and carer. But when I visited these two gents – my uncles, Johnny and Geoff at Christmas last year – it was then I saw how very brave they are. They couldn't have given anyone a more welcoming stay.
There's a staggering million people who live with Parkinson's disease in Europe today. And so financial support is also part of the puzzle. Shockingly, by 2030 the number diagnosed is forecast to double to two million. So more money invested in research gives more people better ways of living and coping with the disease.
Please donate and then continue to help me spread the word! Pedal on!
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Music score: Hugues Sanchez of soundset.fr
Stop-frame photography: Maelus Angel
Arrangement and production: Pop-up-critiques (@outurbanartsboy)