Charity mascot comes to town on a tandem

Opening of artist Paul Macdonald's art exhibition Sketches from a shaky Pen at King Cross Library.'Firefighters Richard Hall (left) and Jim Butters present fundraisers Joyce Whiteley and Garfield Owen with  the Parkinsons UK mascot, the noodle, with members of the Parkinsons UK Halifax Branch.
Opening of artist Paul Macdonald's art exhibition Sketches from a shaky Pen at King Cross Library.'Firefighters Richard Hall (left) and Jim Butters present fundraisers Joyce Whiteley and Garfield Owen with the Parkinsons UK mascot, the noodle, with members of the Parkinsons UK Halifax Branch.

A NOODLE arrived in Halifax on a tandem ridden by firefighters - but it all makes charity fund-raising sense.

The noodle - a brain cell toy - is Parkinson UK’s charity mascot and was involved in a relay, travelling all over Yorkshire and Humber for Parkinson’s Awareness Week.

It was brought into Halifax King Cross Library by two of the town’s firefighters on a tandem and was met by the Halifax branch of Parkinson’s UK.

The library is currently hosting an exhibition by amateur artist Paul MacDonald, 49, who has Parkinson’s and has created paintings to raise awareness of the disease.

Bill Judd, chairman of the Halifax branch, said: “Parkinson’s Awareness Week this year is focused on finding a cure, and Noodle’s relay is a fun way to make people aware of the need to fund research and the support available to the 10,000 people with Parkinson’s and their families who live in the Yorkshire and Humberside region.”

The Halifax branch of Parkinson’s UK meets at the Emlim Church, Hall Street, Halifax on the second Saturday in every month, from 2.00pm and provides entertainment, speakers and general topics of interest and everyone is welcome.

There is also the newly-formed Yorkshire and Humberside Younger Persons’ Support Group (YPSG), for those of working age, and both offer information, friendship and support for those with the disease, their families and carers.

For information call Parkinson’s UK free helpline on 0808 800 0303 or visit parkinsons.org.uk. or www.parkinsonsypsg.org.

l Richard Nelson, a West Yorkshire probation officer based in Halifax, will be cycling 1,400 this week from the Belgian border, around France, to Spain to riase money and awareness for Parkinson’s UK.

His three-week tour follows the same patterns as the Tour deFrance with 19 stages and two rest days but starting on the English channel coast.

Richard, 53, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010. He said: “As you can imagine, this came as a complete shock. I’m a fit and healthy person and found it hard to accept.

“But, as a sportsman, I soon started to look at the disease as another challenge. As a runner and cyclist I looked at challenges to raise the profile and work of Parkinson’s UK. So I came up with my unique challenge to try and do something to help.” To sponsor Richard, visit www.justgiving.com/richardsride2012.