Man from Holyhead with Parkinson’s raises £2,150 with charity skydive


Gareth Blake (Image: Submitted)
A MAN originally from Holyhead who has Parkinson’s disease has raised £2,150 for charity by undertaking a skydive.

Brave Gareth Blake jumped from a plane and plummeted towards the ground from 15,000ft, in aid of Parkinson’s UK Cymru and his support group.

The 53-year-old, who lives in Cardigan, and is a member of Parkinson’s UK Cymru’s Emlyn and Tivyside Parkinson’s group, described the experience as “awesome” and says he can’t wait to do it again.

The former logistics manager did the tandem jump with GoSkydive in Salisbury.

Ana Palazon, country director of Parkinson’s UK Cymru, has described Gareth’s efforts to raise money for the charity and awareness of the condition as “incredible”.

The three main symptoms of Parkinson’s, which is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, are a tremor (shaking), slowness of movement and rigidity (muscle stiffness).

Almost 8,000 people are currently living with Parkinson’s in Wales.

Wales is the nation with the highest proportion of people who have Parkinson’s in the UK.