12 year old Swindon girl to cycle 215km for Parkinson’s UK

Melody Barker, 12, from Swindon, will be cycling 215km from Whitehaven to Sunderland in memory of her Grandmother, Cynthia Awojinrin.

Melody explains: “I like cycling and cycling over mountains will be an exciting experience and a good test of my abilities and mountain bike. I am happy to combine cycling with the opportunity to raise money for a charity that works to cure Parkinson’s, a condition which affected my grandmother”.

Melody has set up a Just Giving page and has already surpassed her target of £400. If you would like to donate and help Melody raise even more money for Parkinson’s UK, please visit her online fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/melody-pedals.

Melody will be accompanied by her dad Philip while mum Chrissy drives the support vehicle.

Ruth Brady, Regional Fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK in the South, said: “I’d like to thank Melody for taking on such an amazing challenge”.

“Here, at Parkinson’s UK, we are leading the way to find better treatments and ultimately a cure for the 127,000 people affected by Parkinson’s across the UK, but our work wouldn’t be possible without the determination of fundraisers like Melody”.

For more information on fundraising for Parkinson’s UK, see www.parkinsons.org.uk/fundraise