A CHARITABLE Dudley woman is set to mark her late parent’s 60th wedding anniversary year by taking part in a five mile walk in their memory.

Alison Scott, who works as a school nurse at Hillcrest School and Community College in Netherton, will head down to Devon on Sunday, May 7, to be part in Parkinson’s UK event Walk for Parkinson’s.

The 48-year-old will take on the challenge as both of her parents lived with the condition. He mum Betty Marsh was diagnosed when she was 53 before passing away at 65, while her dad Richard lived with the condition for four years before he died aged 80.

Alison said: “I am really looking forward to the personal challenge of completing the walk especially as it is in memory of my mom and dad. It would have been their 60th wedding anniversary this year and I wanted to commemorate the day somehow as sadly they are no longer here.

“I am always organising fundraising activities at school, as this charity means so much to me. We are holding a fruit pot and cake sale on Thursday, May 4, for the staff at school with all proceeds going to Parkinson’s UK.

“If I can make a little difference to someone out there by raising some money, that is all that matters.”

Alison, who is aiming to raise more than £250 for the charity, is hoping the walk will help her to get more active after recently losing three stone.

Sky Sports presenter and champion of walking for Parkinson’s UK Dave Clark, who was diagnosed with the condition himself in 2011, is urging others to take on one of the charity’s 32 walking events taking place across the country.

He said: “Thank you to Alison for stepping up for Parkinson’s UK. In 2016 I completed my own 200-mile Coast-to-Coast walk for Parkinson’s UK, it was tough but the sense of achievement when I crossed the finish line was fantastic.

“I know not everyone can walk that far, which is why our Walk for Parkinson’s series with a choice of distances, is perfect for everyone.

“2017 is going to be our most ambitious year yet for the Walk for Parkinson’s series. With every pound that we raise we get closer to a cure.

“So please join us and help us step closer to our goal of improving the lives of every person affected by Parkinson’s.”

To support Alison on her fundraising memorial walk and donate to Parkinson’s UK, visit www.justgiving.com/Alison-Scott15