Woman raises money for cure for Parkinson’s

Charmaine Poundes, of Asfordby, is raising funds for Parkinsons UK EMN-150901-133043001
Charmaine Poundes, of Asfordby, is raising funds for Parkinsons UK EMN-150901-133043001
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An Asfordby woman who suffers from Parkinson’s disease is fundraising to help find a cure for the debilitating condition.

Charmaine Poundes (51), who was diagnosed in 2013, plans to do a daring sponsored wing walk.

And later this month she intends to hold a tombola at the Melton branch of Barclays bank.

Charmaine, who lives in Charnwood Avenue, said: “I am more fortunate than others and my symptoms are relatively mild.

“So I have made it my mission to raise awareness and, more importantly, money towards finding a cure.”

The wing walk - standing secured to the wings of an aircraft while it is in flight - is scheduled to take place at Selby in Yorkshire on April 25.

Charmaine said: “Everyone says I am mad doing this but I can’t wait to do it.”

Before then she has the more genteel tombola activity to organise, on January 23.

Contestants can buy tickets for a minimum donation of £3 and are guaranteed to receive a bag filled with miniature luxury toiletries, such as shower gel, shampoo and body lotion, with some also containing a bottle of perfume.

There will also be 30 other prizes to be won in another tombola, with tickets for this priced at 50p.“

Charmaine, who has a long-time partner and a 23-year-old son, is determined not to let her condition affect her life too much.

She said: “I was upset when they told me I was no longer allowed to give blood. I had given 99 units but they kindly gave me a gold badge for giving 100 units anyway.”

l There are 123,000 people in the UK with Parkinson’s - that is one in every 500.

The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, rigidity and slowness of movement.

As well as affecting movement, people with Parkinson’s can find that other issues, such as tiredness, pain, depression and constipation, can have an impact on their day-to-day lives.

Most sufferers are aged over 50 but younger people can develop it.