Please help Jon conquer the top of Bennachie in aid of Twickenham Charity INS!
Date posted: Thursday 16th February 2017
Jon McPherson (47) from Chiswick has lived with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s for seven years and he has decided to “conquer the top of Bennachie” – a range of hills in Aberdeenshire with several tops, the highest of which, Oxen Craig, has a height of 528 m (1733 feet).
This is an amazing challenge when you consider the impact Jon describes Parkinson’s has on him, “For me the disease is totally unpredictable, meaning I suddenly freeze, movements are slow, horrendous back pain, tremor, I basically have no control and at times through the day, I cannot stand, walk or even keep my balance.”
Jon plans to climb to the summit of Bennachie on Tuesday 7th March, weather permitting, starting at 9am in the morning.
Integrated Neurological Services (INS) is a registered, based in Twickenham, charity providing long-term support to people with a neurological condition and their family and carers. A team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, speech and language therapists and social workers provides therapy, information and support to help you manage a person’s neurological condition. As an active member of INS Jon uses many of the services on offer and says “INS is a great charity that has supported me through this illness and so I want to raise as much money as possible to go towards its vital work!!”
Jon has set up a JustGiving page where you can read the full story behind his personal challenge to climb Bennachie.