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Alan Blake’s Challenge for Parkinson’s

Alan Blake's Challenge for Parkinson's

90 year old Alan Blake’s challenge for Parkinson’s is to climb 96,000 steps, to celebrate the Queen’s next birthday!

Alan will complete this challenge by climbing the 120 circular steps around his steep, riverside garden to complete the same amount of steps as it would take to climb the mountains that he loves. He is already making great inroads and, since 2020 has climbed the Blorenge, the Sugar Loaf, the Black Mountains, the Brecon Beacons, Cader Idris, Snowdon, Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis, Ben Mcdui, The Eiger, The Matterhorn, Mt. Blanc and Mt. Cook and Cable Mountain in Tasmania. He has now completed the 15 miles from his initial challenge, climbed over 80,000 steps (the equivalent of Everest) and has now decided to continue until he reaches 96,000 steps.

Alan has been caring for his wife, Val, who has Parkinson’s, for the past 20 years and is undertaking the challenge to raise money for Parkinson’s, Rotary Club (Alan has been a member of the City of Hereford Rotary Club and a keen fundraiser for more than 50 years) and Burghill Parish.

As if this wasn’t enough of a challenge already Alan has rheumatoid arthritis…

To get an idea of the physical reality of Alan Blake’s challenge for Parkinson’s, check out the moving video on his JustGiving Page to see what the 120 steps that wait for Alan every day actually look like!

Please support Alan’s fantastic effort if you can. You’ll find the link to his Fund Raising Page at the bottom of this post.

Congratulations, Alan, from all at the Douglas Bader Foundation on your extraordinary achievement to date. We wish you success with the remaining climb! You are an inspiration to us all.

Alan Blake's Challenge for Parkinson's


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