Warren Kent, owner of Warren’s Barbers on Gordon Square will ‘step outside of his comfort zone’ to help two charities, he tells his story here.
Warren told us:
‘My Father, Godfrey Kent has had Parkinson’s for many years,
‘Blessed with good health I have decided to step out of my comfort zone and raise awareness and funding for research into this debilitating disease.
‘So on Sunday 1st August 2021 (weather permitting) I will be participating in a tandem Skydive with my friend David at Langar Airfield, Nottingham
‘More than one million people in the UK are affected by Parkinson’s including families and friends of people with a diagnosis.
‘A diagnosis of the disease can be a life-changing event for an individual and their loved ones.
‘Symptoms usually begin gradually and get worse over time. As the disease progresses, people may have difficulty walking and talking, experience tremors, rigidity and stiffness.
‘They may also have mental and behavioural changes, sleep problems, depression, memory difficulties, and fatigue.
‘Currently there is no cure, but the understanding of Parkinson’s and its symptom management is advancing.
‘The University research teams are conducting world-class laboratory clinical and applied health research. This includes investigating new interventions, therapies and approaches to improve and personalise current therapies and care practice, support early disease detection, monitor disease progression and ultimately grant patients a better quality of life.’
‘The Friary are seeing people on the edges of employment, turning up on their doorstep as they are not sure where else to turn.
‘They need to lean on them for support, but will need funding to keep pace.
‘The Friary has stayed open throughout lockdown with staff on site providing support in a Covid secure manner.
‘It is essential we stay open and are available to help the very vulnerable. If anyone needs support or you encounter someone who needs their help.