A Parkinson’s disease sufferer is fundraising for an exercise machine which she feels will benefit many people in the town and the East Riding.
Margaret Chorley, of Pocklington, has set up an online appeal to raise funds for an Alter G anti-gravity treadmill.
Having first heard of the equipment from a friend, who also suffers from Parkinson’s, Margaret hopes it will be a huge help to people with Parkinson’s in the area as well as people recovering from injuries. Margaret, 71, said: “I started going to the gym when my doctor gave me a prescription for 10 weeks. I am so impressed by the way the gym is managed, the work done by the trainers and how comfortable I feel going there and exercising.
“Not many people understand my condition. Many of these conditions bring depression and anxiety with them. Telling someone to exercise who has depression to exercise is like telling a cat to bark.
“It is the motivation which comes with the human contact and encouragement that is key. There is no treatment for Parkinson’s Disease, the medication only affects the symptoms of the disease but it does not stop or slow down the degenerative nature of the disease.
“Exercise and reaching your own potential fitness is the only way you can hope to slow down the progression of this condition.”
Margaret believes there is a lack of resources for people with Parkinson’s Disease in the East Riding and the machine would go a some way to compensating for this.
The appeal’s target is £70,000 and has already received donations from the public.
To donate visit www.gofundme.com/2q9xhpbw