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People with Parkinson's discover sailing in Upton Warren
8:50am Friday 25th October 2013 in News
PEOPLE with Parkinson’s Disease have had the chance to discover sailing at Upton Warren Outdoor Education Centre.
Members of Parkinson’s UK Droitwich group visited the centre last month to get their first taste of sailing in the site’s fleet of access dinghies, one of the most popular boats for enabling people with physical limitations to experience sailing.
Parkinson’s is a degenerative disease of the nervous system, but research suggests that exercise and fitness help slow its progress.
Long-time Upton Warren Sailing Club member, Dave Scrivens, who also suffers from parkinson’s, suggested sailing as a possible activity for fellow members of the Droitwich group. He was tasked with organising a taster session with support from Upton Warren Sailing Club commodore Pete Webby and fellow club committee member John Bowen.
The feedback was so positive that the group and centre are now looking to host further tasters in the future, with opportunities for those who enjoy the experience to start to sail regularly with the centre’s ‘Sailability’ group.
Mr Scrivens said: “The Parkinson’s UK Worcestershire branch is keen to promote activities that help people with Parkinson’s, so there are exercise and language classes organised by each branch and the groups. I promoted sailing as an activity that would be different and would encourage activity and decision-making.
“I’ve been sailing for about 15 years and have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s for the last four years. Luckily deterioration has been slow and I still sail, although I think my reactions are slower and my grip with my left hand is weaker. I feel sailing helps my attempts to keep active and the people who attended our session enjoyed it.”
For more information about sailing opportunities at Upton Warren Outdoor Education Centre visit worcestershire.gov.uk or visit rya.org.uk/sailability
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