Louise is to use pedal power for Parkinson’s UK fundraiser

Louise Whitehead 23 who works at the Star and Garter pub in Copnor will be doing a charity bike ride, WCDI t-shirt winner''Picture: Paul Jacobs  (13264-1)
Louise Whitehead 23 who works at the Star and Garter pub in Copnor will be doing a charity bike ride, WCDI t-shirt winner''Picture: Paul Jacobs (13264-1)
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Determined fundraiser Louise Whitehead is embarking on her toughest challenge yet.

The 23-year-old, from Stamshaw, is preparing to cycle from Cardiff to Portsmouth in aid of Parkinson’s UK in July.

But the cause is also close to her heart – her grandfather Les Groenenberg has suffered from the condition for 20 years.

He will be at the forefront of her thoughts when tackling 150-mile challenge along with dad Alan and fiance Daniel Scott.

Louise, who works at the Star and Garter pub in Copnor Road, Copnor, says: ‘My grandad is really ill. He was born in Cardiff so I decided to ride from there.

‘I cycle to work and on the way one day I thought it was a great way to do something for him.

‘He has been part of the Parkinson’s group since he was diagnosed with it and he was then diagnosed with cancer three years ago. He had a stroke last year and he won’t be getting any better.

‘Parkinson’s is very slow to start with. It attacks everything, no-one really sees it.’

Louise, who has a three-year-old daughter called Millie, goes to the gym three times a week to prepare for July’s ride – all while busy organising her wedding in June.

She adds: ‘My target is to raise about £3,000. I understand £1,000 will fund nurses to look after people for a whole month.’