Leeds Parkinson’s group fighting fit thanks to funding boost

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OLDER people in Leeds are fighting fit and making friends thanks to a vital exercise class that received much-needed vital funding.

The Leeds branch of Parkinson’s UK received a grant from the YEP-backed Red Nose Day Community Cash campaign – and other groups in Leeds are being urged to grab a slice of the £100,000 cashpot this year.

The Movement to Music classes by Parkinson’s UK have been running every week for the past eight years and aim to help members to maintain their mobility and quality of life.

Classes are run across five different locations in Leeds and yoga classes are also held.

Linda Thompson was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 48 and has been taking part in the classes.

She said: “It is so important that we are able to continue, as not only do they help our physical wellbeing but for many members it is the only day when they get to talk to other people.

“The classes are very sociable and many friendships are formed during them.

“Our members look forward to coming and often tell me that they feel better after attending.”

The YEP-backed Community Cash giveaway offers grants of £500 to £1,000 to small organisations in Leeds that are doing great work to help local people living tough lives.

Leeds Community Foundation will work with Comic Relief to make sure that the cash gets to the groups that need it the most.

To apply, visit www.leedscf.org.uk before the deadline of Friday, March 6.

Are you fundraising for Red Nose Day on March 13 this year? Tell us what you’re doing and send your photos to yep.newsdesk@ypn.co.uk and you could be featured in the YEP.