Harry Styles’ mum Anne Twist wing walks for Parkinson’s

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Author: Simge Eva DoganPublished: 22 October 2020

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Harry Styles' mum wing walks for Parkinson's

Campaigner Anne Twist – whose father lives with Parkinson’s disease – recently completed a “terrifying” wing walk to raise money for research into the “devastating” condition

Parkinson’s campaigner Anne Twist, who is the mother of former One Direction star Harry Styles and influencer Gemma Styles, has raised over £10,000 for research into the condition this month. As part of the fundraising initiative for charity Parkinson’s UK, Twist was strapped to the top of a plane and flown over Gloucestershire, UK.

Twist, whose dad, Brian, lives with Parkinson’s disease, said: “It was a terrifying experience but I was really determined to push myself out of my comfort zone.

“I know that the support Parkinson’s UK provides to people with Parkinson’s, as well as for their families and carers, is invaluable, and it’s so important to fund the research needed to find better treatments for this devastating condition.”

She was joined for the fundraiser by her friend, Sandra Meighan, Parkinson’s campaigner Matt Eagles, and the director of engagement at Parkinson’s UK, Paul Jackson-Clark.

Earlier this year, Twist also announced that she would donate her brain to Parkinson’s UK Brain Bank to help further research into Parkinson’s disease. Former UK sports commentator Dave Clark, British writer Paul Mayhew-Archer and actress Sophie Thompson were among others to join the appeal.

Commenting on Twist’s longstanding support for the charity, Jackson-Clark said: “We are really grateful to Anne for her continued support through fundraising and volunteering for Parkinson’s UK, and we want to say a big thank you to her and Sandra for taking on such a daring and nerve-wracking challenge for the charity.

“Their amazing efforts help us drive forward the groundbreaking research we urgently need to transform the lives of people affected by the condition.”

Fans and members of Parkinson’s community took to social media to share their support for Twist.

Twitter user Sophie praised Twist for raising money for Parkinson’s UK:

Twitter user SOHAZZA donated to the campaign in memory of her grandfather, who had Parkinson’s disease:

Twitter user Christy W Ballance congratulated Twist and expressed hope for a cure:

Over 380 supporters have so far donated to the campaign, doubling its initial target of £5,000, and raising funds for Parkinson’s disease research projects and support for people living with the condition. Find out more and donate to the fundraiser.

Image credit: Luke Jackson-Clark

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