A GP and former Saints player is cycling to Paris to help fund the search for a cure for his nervous system disorder.
Mike Greenhalgh, a vice-captain at Franklin’s Gardens in the 1980s, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease two years ago, but rather than let the condition beat him, he has resolved to find ways of keeping up his active life.
The Greens Norton GP is to cycle from his surgery to the French capital in a six-day journey accompanied by friends and in aid of Parkinson’s UK.
He said: “I wanted to give myself a challenge but I’m actually hoping to get some enjoyment from it.
“Physical excercise helps with any condition but it also boosts yourself mentally too, so the ride itself will actually have some positive effects for me.”
Mr Greenhalgh’s party consists of 17 cyclists, including friends and family and fellow ex-Saints player and policeman, Robbie George.
Departing on August 30, they hope to raise thousands of pounds for Parkinson’s UK, a charity whose ultimate aim is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s and have so far amassed pledges totalling more than £12,000.
Mr Greenhalgh said: “My brother and I differ over how much we will actually generate. I think it will be about £15,000 but he is certain we will get nearer £20,000, which would be fantastic.”
To add to the donations , visit: www.justgiving.com/Pedal2Paris4Parkinsons