Newcastle woman ran 100 miles in May and raised over £1,000 for Parkinson’s UK, inspired by her gran

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Amy Spensley, a 24-year-old from Newcastle Upon Tyne, has successfully completed her challenge of running 100 miles in May to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s UK.

Inspired by her grandmother, Jean Spensley, 81, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s last year, Amy took on this challenge with incredible dedication and support from her family.

Amy Spensley said: "I decided to run 100 miles in May for Parkinson’s UK to raise awareness and funds for research. Running around 8 km each night and completing a 10km run on the 27th May, supported by my family, was a rewarding and emotional experience. My Dad, Paul Spensley, and Grandpa, Lou Spensley, cycled alongside me as I ran 10km along Morecambe Promenade, while the rest of the family supported Jean at the finish line.”

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Amy’s Grandmother, Jean, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2023 after 18 months of misdiagnoses and increasing difficulties with mobility and completing daily tasks. Since her diagnosis, Jean has started taking medication and receiving support, which has helped manage her symptoms. She also benefits from attending a local Parkinson’s UK support group, which has been instrumental in helping her and her family live with Parkinson’s.

Amy Spensley (right) with her Grandmother Jean (left) who lives with Parkinson’sAmy Spensley (right) with her Grandmother Jean (left) who lives with Parkinson’s
Amy Spensley (right) with her Grandmother Jean (left) who lives with Parkinson’s | Contributed

Amy continues: "The support and information from Parkinson’s UK have been invaluable to us. Their guidance helped us understand the condition and how to support Jean better. This challenge was my way of giving back and helping fund further research.

"I hope the money raised will go towards supporting research to find a cure or better treatments. It's heartening to know that my efforts have made a difference and raised awareness about the life-changing effects of Parkinson’s."

As a primary school teacher, Amy involved her Year 3 class in her journey. She said: "My class joined me in an after-school running club, which not only helped me reach my goal but also taught them about perseverance and the impact of conditions like Parkinson’s can have on a person."

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Initially aiming to raise £200, Amy was overwhelmed by the generosity and support she received, raising a total of £1,165 to date.

To donate to Amy’s fundraiser, please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/page/amy-spensley-1708695585765

To find out how to fundraise for Parkinson’s UK visit: parkinsons.org.uk

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