A Porthcawl man will be playing in the Ray Kennedy Cup in Denmark this month – an international seven-a-side football tournament for people with Parkinson’s.

Garen Williams, who works for Bridgend County Borough Council as a Construction Design Officer, was diagnosed with young onset Parkinson’s three years ago. Since his diagnosis, Garen has learned about the importance of regular exercise and a balanced diet in slowing down the progression of Parkinson’s.

He said:

“It is very important to exercise in order to build up strength, balance, good posture and speed. Not only does exercise reduce stress, but it also enhances a positive attitude to life. Doing exercise focuses my mind on my abilities, boosts my self-esteem and makes me feel good.

“My goal is to raise awareness of Young Onset Parkinson’s and to raise money for the Cure Parkinson’s Trust. This is also a great opportunity to represent my country in a sport I really love and enjoy.

“Our journey to Copenhagen has been paid for, but we need to raise awareness of this disease of which there is currently no cure.”

You can help support the team’s fundraising efforts by visiting https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ and searching for ‘UKYOPD’.

Image Credit: Barry Gem

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