Pollok park walk is set to give a major boost to charity cause

Pauline McLean, her husband Craig and son Ben at last years Walk for Parkinsons at Pollok Country Park.
Pauline McLean, her husband Craig and son Ben at last years Walk for Parkinsons at Pollok Country Park.

Parkinson’s UK’s biggest West of Scotland event of the year is coming to Pollok Country Park on Sunday, April 9 – and is shaping up to be the best yet.

Joining the massed ranks of walkers will be BBC Scotland’s Arts Correspondent Pauline McLean. Pauline has taken part in all the Parkinson’s UK Pollok walks to raise funds for a cause that’s particularly close to her heart.

Pauline lost her father Ken, who lived with Parkinson’s, in 2013 and her uncle, Ian McBride, also had the condition and died in 2015

She said: “Having seen at first hand the impact of Parkinson’s on people and their families I know how vital it is we fund more research towards finding better treatments and ultimately a cure.

“It’s also important that people with Parkinson’s and their families get the best possible support in living with the condition.

“That’s why fun fundraising events like the Pollok Walk for Parkinson’s are so important - I like the enthusiasm and the energy of the event, the fact whole families take part, and even the wobbliest of walkers makes it over the finishing line to rousing cheers.

“I find it a very positive and upbeat event, and a great way to raise funds”.

Jan Mattison, Parkinson’s UK regional fundraiser – West Scotland, said: “Parkinson’s UK is delighted that Pauline continues to give the charity such fantastic support.

“We hope that hundreds more will join her on the Walk for Parkinson’s at Pollok Park in April.

“It’s a fun day with an easy flat route through a beautiful park.

“Registration is simple so find out more at www.parkinsons.org.uk/walkpollokpark and come along and join us.”