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Dancer Trains for Marathon Effort to Support Parkinson’s UK

A top dancer is planning to put her best foot forward at the London Marathon in aid of Parkinson’s UK Cymru.

Angharad Harrop has been inspired to undertake the gruelling run, which takes place on April 23, by the determination of the members of her Dance for Parkinson’s class in Wales.

The mother of three has an undergraduate and a masters in dance from De Montfort University and will graduate from her doctorate in July.

“I was looking for a new challenge after submitting my PhD and a message came through from Parkinson’s UK asking people to run the London Marathon on behalf of the charity,” said Angharad.

“Through the Dance for Parkinson’s programme I’ve got to meet some wonderful people and the condition is so unfair. It’s something that can happen to anyone.

“When you speak to people you find that there are more people out there who have Parkinson’s, some of whom don’t want to tell anyone they have the condition. But if they come to something like Dance for Parkinson’s, the gentle movements help them so much.

“It helps them move, but also to meet other people who have the condition, so they don’t feel like they must deal with it alone. The members of the class come not because it's necessarily in their comfort zone but because they know that it’s good for them to come.

“I want to raise awareness of Parkinson’s UK and what they do to help people who have the condition as well as raise money for the charity.”

The money that Angharad raises will go towards improving the lives of people who have Parkinson's and funding important research into the condition which has the potential to lead to better treatments.

You can read more about Parkinson’s UK at



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