Widow raises £800 for Parkinson's Disease in husband's honour
THE widow of a man who died from a rare brain disorder teamed up with a school to help raise more than £800 in his honour.
Tony Westwood died from Parkinson’s Disease aged just 45 in April this year having raised thousands of pounds to help other sufferers of the condition.
Eager to continue his work, wife Debbie spoke to Neale-Wade Community College principal Jason Wing who offered to hold a non-uniform day to raise money for the March and District Parkinson’s UK branch.
Pupils happily joined in with the fundraising effort, which raised £889.72 to provide support for current Parkinson’s sufferers by giving them money for special occasions and care.
She also held an event at Cavalry Primary School, where she works, with Olympic torchbearer Ian Groome which netted another £720 for the charity.
“I’ve been fundraising since my husband fell ill with the disease,” Mrs Westwood said.
“Hopefully this will help to gain more awareness so that one day they will be able to find a cure for it.”
She also praised Neale-Wade’s efforts in helping to raise money for the cause close to her heart.
Mr Westwood’s brain disorder meant he got Parkinson’s Disease at an earlier age than many sufferers.