Spelthorne Parkies Charity Spinathon – 22nd September

Posted August 31st, 2021

Get involved in our Charity Spinathon for Spelthorne Parkies

Join us on National Fitness Day, Wednesday 22nd September for a special charity event at The Thames Club with the Spelthorne Parkies as they take part in a 12 hour Spinathon to raise money and awareness for people with Parkinsons and the Spelthorne Parkies Support Group. 

The Event:

We will be spinning in The Thames Club lounge from 8am – 8pm on Wednesday 22nd September. 

How members can get involved:

  • Cake donations to sell where all the proceeds will be donated to the Charity.
  • Spinners needed to do a stint on the bike. Slots are in 15 minutes and you can cycle for as long as you’d like. 15 minutes will help a great cause, or stay on the bike for an hour!

If you’d like to volunteer some time to spin or make a cake donation please email Franki on Francesca.lovely@thethamesclub.co.uk with some times that you are available and we will add you to the schedule.

Your donations matter:

If you’d like to donate please follow this link: Fundraiser by Jason Lane : Spelthorne Parkies Support Group (gofundme.com)

How exercise can help people with Parkinson’s Disease:

Did you know that exercise provides huge benefits for people with Parkinson’s Disease? Richard, from the Spelthorne Parkies tells us why; ‘Whilst exercise is good for us all, it is particularly good for People with Parkinsons (PwP). In addition to reducing the risk of developing Parkinsons, it has been shown that exercise can also relieve some of what PwP call motor fluctuations. This is a fancy term for the visible symptoms of Parkinsons, of which the common ones are shaking, stiffness, poor balance and sluggish movement. Currently, there are NO medications which can cure or slow the progression of Parkinsons.  Furthermore, the medications which are available to alleviate the symptoms, gradually become less effective.

However, it has been shown that exercise has the following benefits:

– reduces the severity of the motor fluctuations

– improves the efficacy of the medications

– improves the way PwP walk

– improves the memory


All of this is good news, but what kind of exercise is most beneficial for PwP?

– balance exercises can help the body make adjustments to prevent falls

– strengthening exercises build muscle mass to enable PwP to carry out routine activities such as standing up from a chair

– cardiovascular exercises raise the heart rate and improve endurance

– flexibility exercises focus on range of motion.

It also helps if you can exercise with a friend or a partner – you are far less likely to be tempted to skip a day!

If you’d like to get involved in this very worthy cause – we’d really appreciate your support.