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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Devoted Helensburgh son's charity tribute to mum who battled Parkinson's

BY August 10, 2017

Fergus Smith from Helensburgh with his Mum Rachel on a family holiday to Niagara Falls.

A Helensburgh man will push himself to the limit in memory of his beloved mum who lived with Parkinson’s Disease for 22 years.
Fergus Smith, 39, from Helensburgh, is running the Great North Run in Newcastle next month in memory of his mum Rachel and to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK.
Rachel was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1994 at the age of 48 and lived with it until her death last November.
Fergus said: “Mum lived with the condition for 22 years. Thankfully the progression of the condition was slow so for many years she was able to enjoy a reasonable quality of life.
“ Mum lived life to the full and she faced every new day with great dignity and stoicism. “Her courage was an inspiration to not only our family but to all those who knew her or came into contact with her.
“As a family we will continue to remember her for her warmth, love, smiles and the wonderful times that she shared with us.”
Fergus added: “The Great North Run is not only a personal challenge for me, but it also gives me the opportunity to raise funds for the charity and raise awareness of Parkinson’s.
“I know Parkinson’s UK researchers are striving to find a cure or better treatments and I hope that as many people as possible will support me.”
Fergus has gathered £2000 for the charity so far.
And his dad Stuart is involved too, working with members of the local Helensburgh and Dumbarton Parkinson’s Support Group to raise awareness of the condition and sharing his experiences of living with Parkinson’s in the family in a bid to help others who find themselves in the same situation.
Stuart said: “It’s fantastic that Fergus is doing the run, I know that Rachel would have been so proud of him.”
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