A WOMAN with Parkinson’s has walked 1,000 steps in memory of her friend, who died from coronavirus.

Liz Ireland, 75, who lives in Princess Court in Malton, decided to fundraise for Parkinson’s UK, following the death of her friend, Judy Wright.

Judy, who also lived in Princess Court, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s before dying in Scarborough Hospital, on May 24.

Liz has raised £175 so far, with the total increasing everyday.

“Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s around 10 years ago, I thought the charity needed support, especially at the moment during coronavirus,” said Liz.

“Everyone has been amazingly helpful over the years, so it’s one way of thanking everybody.

“I started on Wednesday by walking 600 steps; I pushed through despite feeling terribly unwell.

“I eventually finished on Yorkshire Day (August 1), which is the 19th anniversary of my husband’s death. I felt jiggered afterwards.

“Judy was going to support me during my fundraising effort, but she sadly passed away in May.

“It’s such a shame, we shared a special bond; both being diagnosed with Parkinson’s at a similar time.

“Judy was an extremely generous person, so I want to cherish her memory by giving something back.”

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition, which causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time.

There are lots of different treatments, therapies and support available to manage the condition.

Parkinson’s UK aims to support patients and their relatives with the problems arising from Parkinson’s and provide funds for research.

“Everybody adores Liz; she is the life and soul of Princess Court,” said Marie Forsyth, the estate manager.

“We organise regular coffee mornings, which can sometimes be quiet, but Liz always fetches music to liven up the party.

“She is an inspiration to everyone. Despite having Parkinson’s, she never moans and always has a smile on her face.”

To donate for the fundraiser, visit parkinsons.org.uk/donate