A DAUGHTER is jumping in the saddle to raise money for a cause close to her heart – and she is urging others to do the same.
Rachel Franklin is taking part in Pedal for Parkinsons, which takes place at Stratford Racecourse on Sunday June 24.
The Studley resident’s dad suffers from the disease and she, alongside partner Roy Greathead and friend Ross Collins, are raising money for charity Parkinsons UK.
Hairdresser Rachel is urging others to put their name down for a 20, 40 or 60 mile race.
The 36-year-old said: “My dad was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 14 years ago. It is a horrible condition and so variable. He struggles to walk, eat, drink and talk at times, other times is he is so sharp and full of conversation.
“We are urging people to sign up to Pedal for Parkinson’s to bring forward the day when no one fears Parkinson’s.
“I just wish they would find a cure, which is why we are doing this. We want to save my Dad so much.
“He means the world to me, and it’s painful watching him float away.”
There is no minimum sponsorship to take part but the charity suggests cyclists aim to raise £100.
Visit www.parkinsons.org.uk/pedal to sign up or find out more.
Visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/rachel-franklin10 to sponsor Rachel.