Courageous mum defies the odds

PUBLISHED: 18:11 28 May 2008 | UPDATED: 14:51 25 August 2010

A PARKINSON'S sufferer plans to abseil down a hospital wall to raise money for life-changing treatment of the disease.

A PARKINSON'S sufferer plans to abseil down a hospital wall to raise money for life-changing treatment of the disease.

Sue Moore, 65, of Venture Close Welling is to scale down the side of King's College Hospital on July 7 to raise £2,000 for brain stimulation treatment.

The procedure, which involves inserting a device into the brain that releases electric impulses, allowed the former administrator to walk after nine years in a wheelchair.

The mother of five said: "It has had an unimaginable result for me. Parkinson's totally affects your life. You don't know how you will be from one say to the next.

"Me and my family are determined to make the most of the time I have left."

The treatment costs £30,000 and the NHS can only pay for half, whilst the other £15,000 is matched by the Parkinson's Disease Society, for whom she is raising the money.

Mrs Moore raised £1,690 last year by walking the 'golden mile' around Edinburgh Stadium, one year after the drastic surgery to her head.

She added: "It was quite something as I have not got a lot of energy.

"But my treatment has allowed me to walk which changed my life. I want other people to get that wonderful treatment too."

Daughter Gabby Moore feels extremely proud of her mother, who has suffered from the disease for 14 years.

Miss Moore, of Frobisher Road, Erith said: "She is very frail so it will take a lot of courage. I think she is incredibly brave.

"She is very active in wanting to help other sufferers. She wants to fight the disease and does not want to feel it has beaten her."

n To sponsor the abseil send cheques payable to Movement Disorder Fund 20134, to 7 Venture Close, Welling, Kent, DA5 3PU.

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