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Railwayman Neil's fundraising challenges for Parkinson's UK


Railwayman Neil’s fundraising challenges for Parkinson’s UK


Network Rail Track Quality Supervisor Neil Wightman is taking on a year of challenges to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK. He’s doing 9 Tough Mudders, 2 MacTuff's, 2 Tartan Warriors, a Badass Mucker, a Winter Wolf Run, the Great Glencoe Challenge, the Cumbernauld 10k and a Santa Dash.


Neil’s been inspired to support the charity by his Dad – Bert Wightman – who has been living with Parkinson’s since 2016. Bert worked in the railway for 42 years finishing as the Area Signalling & Telecommunications Engineer for Scotland East. Since retirement he’s volunteered with the local Talking Newspaper.


Neil, based at Glasgow MDU (Maintenance Delivery Unit) in Cowlairs, said “The railway is a strong presence in our family, as well as my Dad and I, my brother and nephew also work in the industry. As a happy coincidence the combined distance of all my events works out at roughly 160 miles, which is the equivalent of running from one end of the section that I cover to the other, Glasgow North covers from Drumgelloch near Airdrie, to Mallaig at the end of the West Highland Line.


“I love doing obstacle course races – the dirtier the better! And we are so lucky that there are loads to choose from around the UK. My wife Clair, daughter Abbie and son Logan are also joining in on some of the events so it’s a real family affair. The charity does lots of great work to support people like Dad and I’m delighted to be able to do something that helps them out.


“I’m just halfway through my programme of events and I’m delighted to have passed my original target of £1,000. £1,175 so far - all thanks to the support of family, friends and complete strangers who have been so generous. I may still add some more events in, and just to make things a little bit more interesting I am doing all of them wearing a kilt, which usually doubles in weight once it’s wet and covered in mud!”


Jan Mattison, West Scotland Regional Fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK, said: “Thanks to Neil for taking on this tough year of challenges. His endeavours will help the charity provide high quality local services and support our world-leading scientific research to find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s. It’s only through the support of people like Neil that we can provide vital services and the charity really appreciates his efforts.”


You can catch up with Neil’s progress and support him at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/neil-wightman


Every week 30 people in Scotland are told they have Parkinson's.

It affects more than 12,000 people in Scotland - which is around one in 375 adults.


Parkinson's is a degenerative neurological condition, for which there currently is no cure. The main symptoms of the condition are tremor, slowness of movement and rigidity.


Parkinson's UK is the UK's leading charity supporting those with the condition. Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.


For advice, information and support, visit www.parkinsons.org.uk or call our free, confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303.



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