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Family and friends of Broxton man battling Parkinson's disease unite for charity triathlon in his name

Fifteen of Neil Lamont's friends and family will take part

Family friend Sally Meekins, Neil Lamont, his son Ben and daughter Holly, have organised a gruelling triathlon in honour of Neil who has Parkinson's

A Broxton man’s lengthy battle with Parkinson’s has inspired 15 members of his family and friends to undergo one of the biggest challenges of their lives.

When Neil Lamont, 54, was diagnosed with the progressive neurological condition seven years ago his family were devastated, but in September last year they were given hope when Neil had a major operation known as Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS).

The surgery involves inserting electrodes into the brain, and although it initially proved very successful, with Neil showing a huge improvement in the first few months, the family faced a major blow afterwards due to an infection in the mechanism. The operation had to be reversed and the DBS was taken out just before Christmas.

While there is now hope Neil will be able to have the same operation again, his family are so full of admiration for doctors at London’s National Hospital, whose research methods are helped by patient-led Cure Parkinson’s Trust that they felt compelled to do something to raise money for the charity.

Neil’s son Ben, 24, who works at Legat Owen in Chester, told The Chronicle: “Me, my sister Holly and some friends decided to organise a mammoth charity triathlon which we’ve called ‘Tri4aCure’ to be held on May 23, consisting of a triathlon from Chester to Abersoch.

“This will include a one-mile swim (in the Dee), 90-mile cycle (Chester to Pwllheli) and a six-mile run (Pwllheli to Abersoch) all to be done within a day.

“All in all there’s a team of 15 of us taking part in the challenge all made up of close family friends who have an affiliation with my dad.

“Our parents did the cycle many years ago for a close friend and we took inspiration from them but wanted to do a challenge that took it a step further.”

Ben added: “We want to raise money for The Cure as none of my dad’s treatment would have been possible without funding from them, whose sole objective is to find a cure and nail this disease.

“It’s easy to let Parkinson’s consume everyone involved and become defeatist after all the setbacks, but we are determined not to let that happen. The support from the Trust, along with family and friends throughout these tough times has been unbelievable.

“That’s why a bunch of close family friends all got together to create the Tri4aCure team – we want to raise spirits, awareness and money for this great charity. Any donation large or small would be hugely appreciated by all the team

To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Tri4aCure .

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