Barry’s pay back for new lease of life

Barry (second from right) was joined by family and friends on his fundrasing walk
Barry (second from right) was joined by family and friends on his fundrasing walk

A man with Parkinson’s disease who was given a life changing device to regulate medication has raised over £2000 for charity in just one day.

Barry Graham from Glenrothes, along with 20 friends, completed a sponsored walk from his local pub in Woodside to Markinch and back again, because he wanted to do something to help other sufferers of the disease.

The 53-year-old, who has learned to cope with the condition since he was first diagnosed 12 years ago, was the first sufferer in Scotland to be fitted with the special device that takes away the stress of managing his round-the clock medication intake.

Since the device was fitted in November 2014, Barry told the Gazette it had changed his life beyond his dreams.

“The effect was instant. I feel better day-to-day and it gives me the confidence and ability to take on challenges that have just not been possible in recent years,” Barry explained.

“That’s why I wanted to give something back to the national Parkinsons charity as a way of showing my gratitude. and to help others.”

Barry sought the support of four pubs in the region: the Woodside Inn, Phoenix, Otter’s Head and Jamie’s Bar, as well as family and friends before setting off on the walk.

And his efforts were rewarded with Barry netting a total of £2014.50 in just the one day which he has donated to the charity Parkinsons UK.

“We’re are so proud of Barry and his efforts to get everyone involved in such a worthwhile cause,” said friend Louise Hain.

“The pump device has given Barry a new lease of life,” added Laura Pew. “I saw him dance for the first time in 10 years - how good is that?”

Receiving the cheque for £2014.50, Kerry Scott, the charity’s community and events co-ordinator, said the efforts of Barry and the support of his friends had been fantastic.

“We are extremely grateful to Barry and are delighted he wanted to help us,” said Kerry.

“We offer support to those diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease and provide all those associated with it with a range of information services.

“Barry’s welcomed contribution will go towards our research into finding a cure.”