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Neil's ride to Paris is inspired by mum
8:00pm Sunday 8th September 2013 in News
A CYCLIST born and brought up in Pershore is pedalling from London to Paris to raise thousands of pounds for Parkinson’s UK.
Neil Corbett, aged 47, is undertaking the challenge for his mum Sylvia, who still lives in Pershore, after she developed Parkinson’s 10 years ago.
Mr Corbett, who now lives in Tewkesbury and is head of corporate property services for Gloucestershire County Council, will be joined on the ride by work colleague Rob Barnes, 37 of Brockworth.
They set off yesterday and hope to arrive at the Eiffel Tower on Saturday. They have cycled more than 2,000 miles since January in training for the 400-mile ride. They hope to raise more than £3,000 for the charity, a great source of support for Mrs Corbett, 71.
Mr Corbett said: “Parkinson’s is a devastating disease and I’ve seen how hard it is for people to deal with through my mum’s experience.
The charity’s ultimate aim is to find a cure so the more we can do to help the better.”
Mrs Corbett said: “I think what they are doing is brilliant.
We need to raise awareness about the terrible effects of Parkinson’s as well as find a cure. I’m very proud of them,” she said.
The pair can be sponsored at justgiving.com/propertypedallers
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