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Kilgraston pupil puts her best foot forward

‘I would walk 84 miles’

While many of us were relaxing during Kilgraston’s half term, one Lower Sixth pupil, was pounding the tracks, walking across the UK, the full length of Hadrian’s Wall.

Starting from Wallsend near Newcastle on Thursday 30 May, Clara R, completed the 84 mile trek, arriving in in Bowness-on-Solway, just over five days later, on Tuesday 4 June. During her walk along the route of the defensive wall – built by the Romans on the northern border of their empire – Clara reached a height of 1132 feet, passing 16 forts and 160 turrets!

Clara’s achievement – averaging some 17 miles per day – was impressive enough in itself, but even more so as it came hot on the heels of her Higher exams. Sitting Geography on the 28th May and Psychology on Wednesday 29th, Clara had no time to put her feet up, donning her boots the very next day.

Raising funds for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT), Clara has, as of 7.6.19, raised over £2,000 (not including Gift Aid) with donations still coming in.  The link can be found here.

CPT is the only organisation in the UK solely dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s disease is a condition where parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years. Living with Parkinson’s means you experience tremors, slow movement, stiff muscles as well as a loss of smell, insomnia and problems with your balance and memory. Parkinson’s is caused by a loss of nerve cells in part of the brain which leads to a reduction in a chemical called dopamine, which is vital for regulating movement in the body. At the moment, there are treatments to reduce symptoms and maintain quality of life however there is no cure for this disease.

CPT was founded in 2005 by four people living with the condition, CPT takes a patient-centric approach to funding innovative projects and inspirational scientists to modify the progression of Parkinson’s and to find a cure. CPT believe they are closer than ever to delivering treatments that for the first time will slow, stop or even reverse the progression of the disease.

Clara said: “I believe that The Cure Parkinson’s Trust is an amazing charity to support.”



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