Abbey Physiotherapy director Alison will be swimming the length of Lake Windermere for Parkinson’s UK because she is keen to help to find a cure for Neurodegeneration.
Alison goes on to say;
I swam my first open water event for my 40th birthday - 1 mile in Lake Windermere and got the bug! Since then it's been on my 'bucket list' to go back and swim the full distance of 11 miles but it's taken me that long to find the time and confidence to sign up and and start training!
I'll have Janek in a kayak as my support crew thoughout the event, which is likely to take me 9-10 hours to complete. Currently I've just reached the halfway distance in my pool training in just under 4 hours but come the event, fatigue will hit hard in the second half when you factor in the environmental challenges of wind and cold in such a large and deep lake.
I'm having great support from a number of people including Joyce from Nuneaton and Bedworth Masters swimming group and Jai from Swim Station but most importantly from my husband and kids who are having to make sacrifices to allow me the time to train.
I hope the money raised will find a way to cure not just Parkinson's Disease but other Neuro-Degenerative conditions such as MSA, Alzheimer's and Huntington's Disease.
Parkinson's UK contribute significantly to the largest joint research project into these linked conditions, giving the best chance of finding the cure.
My Uncle John died in January from Parkinson's and Alzheimers and a good friend and long term patient of mine has Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) so I hope thoughts of them will help me though what is likely to be the biggest physical challenge of my life.
Wish me luck and please dig deep to support this very worth while cause
If you would like to support Alison in her swim then please go and make a donation on her Just Giving page.