Saturday, August 15, 2009

Parkinson's Disease Awareness in the U.K.

From the website of the Parkinson's Disease Society:

PDS fundraiser to stand on the Fourth Plinth in London

Tim Andrews, from Milford in Surrey, is taking part in the Antony Gormley project 'One & Other' on Saturday 15 August 2009, taking his place on the Fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square, London from 6pm to 7pm.

Tim is taking part in the project as part of a new found determination to live life to the full since he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 2005, at the age of 54.

Despite being afraid of heights, Tim intends to stand on the Fourth Plinth for the full hour.

Tim will play tracks from the new album, The Liberty of Norton Folgate by one of his favourite bands, Madness, who have given their permission for it to be played. Tim has chosen the album because the lyrics recount various stories about the city of his birth, London, which he adores.

Tim hopes that many will come along, show their support and perhaps dance with him. Tim says:

"Being diagnosed with Parkinson's has enabled me to view life and death from a completely different perspective and I feel liberated as a consequence. Standing on the Fourth Plinth represents this feeling.

"If I can raise awareness of Parkinson's at the same time, that's even better."

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