Swindon septuagenarian's Parkrun fundraising triumph

By Amanda Wilkins - 11 March 2024

  • Dee Vaughan and supporters

    Dee Vaughan and supporters

A Swindon woman who took up running at the age of 73, has completed a nine-week ‘Couch to 5K’ challenge - and raised more than £1,700 for a local charity.

  • Dee Vaughan

    Dee Vaughan

Dee Vaughan, who lives in Old Walcot, has never even owned a pair of running shoes before, but crossed the finish line in Saturday’s Park Run at Lydiard after completing the 5k race. 

The money raised will go to Parkinsons UK, who support the Swindon Parkinson’s Activity Group. The group provide exercise and social activities for those with the condition.

Dee said “I have never been sporty before but since my husband was diagnosed with Parkinsons I have seen its effects first hand."

Swindon Parkinson's Activity Group meet regularly with exercise classes, tai chi, walking football and movement to music. Exercise has been shown to be the only thing to slow the progression of Parkinsons disease.

They also organise social coffee mornings and meals out.

Dee said “The generosity of people has been amazing. It inspired me to keep going with my training when it was tough!”

Her husband, Graham, said “I am really proud of Dee, once she said she would do it she was never put off, not even when training during the worst of the wind and rain over the last few months.”

To donate to Dee's Just Giving page, people can visit DeeVaughanjustgiving

Swindon Parkinson’s Activity Group can be contacted at Swindon Parkinson's Activity Group (swindonparkinsons.org.uk)


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