An Angus Parkinson’s Disease Nurse will take to her bike next month to “Pedal for Parkinson’s” - to help Parkinson’s to fund specialist nurses around the UK.
Linda Patterson, who lives in Auchenblae, will cycle 60 miles from Stirling to the Trossachs over what can only be described as a “very hilly route”.
Linda decided to take part in this challenge for a number of reasons. She explained: “One is that I am the Parkinson’s nurse in Angus and the charity supported me in the first two years in my post here.
“They were very supportive, allowing me to start a new service. The money that we are raise is to help provide Parkinson’s nurses in some areas where there is not currently a nurse. There are still areas in Scotland where people do not have access to a Parkinson’s nurse.”
On a more personal reason Linda described how an illness led her to cycling.
“I had an illness that left me with fatigue like symptoms and so I used cycling as a way of trying to recover. My husband and my friends came out with me and we did really tiny cycles and I have just slowly built it up.
“I went with my husband to view the route the other weekend and it is extremely hilly.”
If you would like to sponsor Linda for the cycle, which takes place on August 5, donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/Linda-Patterson0 or you can hand in any monies to the day hospital at Stracathro where Linda works.