Walkers raise much-needed funds for Parkinson's charity

Walkers were split into groups to comply with distancing regulations.
Walkers were split into groups to comply with distancing regulations. / SUR
  • Locals and their dogs raised 570 euros for vital equipment for an Estepona-based association

A group of fundraisers are celebrating after raising 570 euros for the Asociación Parkinson Sol de Estepona last Sunday. A total of 60 people and 10 dogs took part in the sponsored seven-kilometre family walk around El Colmenar.

It was hoped the event would raise 934 euros for new gym equipment for the charity's members - but the group fell 364 euros short of the amount required. Organisers are now appealing for more donations from the public to help reach their total.

Event organiser Michele Yanez-Bowker, 50, whose mother Violet Bowker has Parkinson's, told SUR in English: "We had a lot more walkers than normal, probably because everyone had been locked in for so long, and we did a sterling job!

"The equipment is so important for people with Parkinson's as they really have to fight for their mobility. So this apparatus, which helps them practise going up and down stairs, is really important for them.

"We are quite close to reaching the amount we needed to raise, so I thought we would appeal to the public to help us."

Michelle, who is originally from London and has lived in Spain for 10 years, added that during the event the walkers adhered to social distancing rules by going out in three groups of 20, with 30 minute gaps in-between each group.

Michele has organised multiple walks in the past 18 months that have raised money for local causes including Heart Animal Rescue Estepona, The Royal British Legion and Asociación Gatos de Manilva.