Maureen Pogson wants to raise money for Parkinson’s UK. She is 80 years old and eighteen months ago was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. She has accepted that she is unable to run a marathon or cycle from Land’s End to John O’Groats, but that hasn’t put her off. Maureen says “I seem to be quite good at falling” and so, playing to her strengths, has decided to jump out of a plane at 14,000 feet.
Maureen’s full of positive messages with regards to her fundraising. She says that after being diagnosed she refused to lie there and feel sorry for herself and instead says “I’m going to do something to help fight this pernicious disease“.
Parkinson’s UK has been working for more than 40 years to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. They have raised over £60 million and hope to make it to £70 million this year. As they say, “Because we’re here, no one has to face Parkinson’s alone“. One person in 500 has Parkinson’s.
Maureen points out that there is already research going on into Parkinson’s and that, although she is unlikely to benefit in her lifetime, she wants “to do something for future generations so that we may eventually find a cure.”
Maureen’s daughter Katherine says, “She doesn’t seem at all nervous about the actual jump” but says Maureen’s main concern with the challenge is everyone knowing her age. Katherine also told us “As Parkinson’s does cause muscle weakness, I urged [Maureen] to do some exercises to ensure that she can tuck her legs up to her chest and hold them there long enough for the landing procedure – she got down on the floor while we were on the phone to check!”
The jump is scheduled for April 26th at Netheravon in Wiltshire. To help Maureen meet her fundraising target, visit her Virgin Money Giving page.