PEOPLE in the county are being asked to unite with thousands of others across the UK to help become one step closer to a cure to Parkinson's Disease.

Parkinson's UK launches its 2018 Walk for Parkinson's today (Thursday, January 11) as it invites everyone to sign up to walk and raise money for charity.

Walks in the South West include the South West Coastal Path in East Devon on Sunday, June 24, and Ashton Court in Bristol on Sunday, September 30.

The walks are suitable for everyone, of all ages and abilities as there are shorter and longer distances to choose from, and team entries are available to make it all the more fun.

Sky Sports presenter and champion of walking for Parkinson's UK, Dave Clark, was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2011 and is encouraging people to get involved.

"We want to make 2018 our biggest year yet for the Walk for Parkinson's series", he said. "I'd like to invite everyone, whatever their level of fitness, to take advantage of the many different types of walks, scenic routes and distances available.

"Exercise can be really beneficial for people living with Parkinson's. It is as important to me as my medication in helping me take control and manage my symptoms.

"So please join us at one of our Walk for Parkinson's in the South West. Every step takes us closer to a cure and our goal of improving the lives of everyone affected by Parkinson's."

All the money raised will be used to help find better treatments, and ultimately a cure, as well as providing support and information for the 145,000 people affected by Parkinson's across the UK.

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