Fundraiser for charity close to Michael’s heart

Jason Bradshaw, Ian Wadsworth and Michael Shepherd
Jason Bradshaw, Ian Wadsworth and Michael Shepherd

A Pocklington man is holding a coffee morning to raise funds for a charity that is looking for a cure to the disease that cruelly took his wife.

Michael Shepherd is hosting the coffee morning to raise funds for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association, a Parkinson’s-like neurological condition caused by the premature loss of nerve cells in certain parts of the brain.

His wife, Shirley, died seven years ago, around six years after she was diagnosed with neurological condition.

There is no cure but research into new treatments that aim to relieve symptoms and prevent the condition getting worse is continuing.

Michael, 82, said: “There is no cure and there is no medicine like with Parkinson’s which helps with the symptoms and to keep you going for a longer time.”

Shirley passed away seven years ago, but Mr Shepherd has continued to fundraise for the Progressive Supranuclear Palsy Association.

Mr Shepherd is hoping to raise around £300 for the charity at the coffee morning at All Saint’s Church.

Mr Shepherd wants to encourage everyone who can to come along and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee.

There will also be stalls selling books, soft toys, cakes, and a high quality 
tombola.

The coffee morning will take place on Tuesday February 28 from 9.30am to 
11.30am.

He added: “If anyone wants to know more about this little known illness, we are on hand to help.

“All funds will go to the P.S.P.A. Charity to help pay for their very big research programme.”