Leeds man who claims comedy eased his Parkinson’s issues raises £2k to help others

Mark Wilson, who has Parkinson's disease, with comedians Peter Brush, Jonathan Mayor and Eddy Brimson. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Mark Wilson, who has Parkinson's disease, with comedians Peter Brush, Jonathan Mayor and Eddy Brimson. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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A Leeds man with Parkinson’s disease, who claims stand-up comedy changed his life, has raised around £2,250 for charity through a funny fundraiser.

Father-of-two Mark Wilson, from Beeston, had to quit work as a private hire driver in 2009 when doctors confirmed his headaches and poor reactions were signs he had developed the degenerative condition at the age of just 40.

His mobility worsened, living life in a wheelchair and on crutches, and led him to spend weeks unable to get out of bed.

But after going to comedy gigs helped him forget about his condition, he enlisted the support of comics Jonathan Mayor, Gary Delaney, Eddy Brimson and Peter Brush for a Parkinson’s UK fundraiser at the Marriott Hotel, in Leeds, last month.

The 46-year-old told the YEP: “Hopefully the funds raised will help – it shows people care. There’s no cure but this money can help funds investigations into the condition.”

Around 150 people packed out the Marriott for the gig, which Mark hopes will be the first of many having already organised a follow-up at Armley Liberal Club featuring five comics including Marshal B Anderson on September 27.

Chrissie Fielden, regional fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK in Yorkshire, said: “People should come and join us at Mark’s next comedy event and help Parkinson’s UK help people like him.”

Around 127,000 people in the UK are affected by Parkinson’s disease.

For tickets to the September event visit eventbrite.co.uk/e/comedy-extravaganza-in-aid-of-parkinsons-uk-tickets-16382043132?aff=erelexporg.

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