Rotary Club supports people with Parkinson’s

Thanks to Marlow Thames Rotary Club, five invited Branch members and their family carers – eleven people in all – enjoyed a trip on the river from Henley on Thames aboard a specially adapted boat called “Rivertime” on Sunday 23 September.

The early morning rain and wind abated considerably by the start of the trip and everyone had a good time.  People who went said:

  • “We had a wonderful morning, despite the rain … thanks for arranging it and the Rotary club for everything. We met some new people, shared tea and biscuits and were able to walk out on deck for photo opportunities when the rain stopped. A perfect day out!
  • “We spent a very pleasant couple of hours negotiating the river and seeing the sights along the way.
  • “Thank you for the opportunity to spend a very pleasant couple of hours bobbing along on the river! Dad really enjoyed it, as did everyone else.”

“Rivertime” is specially adapted to the needs of people with limited mobility. It has a motorised platform to make transfers from the river bank to deck level easy for wheelchair users. It is fully accessible with extra room on board and a full-sized disabled toilet.

We’re very grateful to Ann Holden and all at Marlow Thames Rotary Club for organising the “Rivertime” trip.

The Rotary Club has also decided to dedicate some of its fundraising to Parkinson’s UK this year, specifically to provide more support for people with the condition in the Marlow area. One of its big fundraising activities is the Cookham Regatta held in August, when Dorothy Salathiel organised a team comprising several people from our Branch, and from the Slough Branch, to run a Parkinson’s UK stall.

Dorothy said “It was a beautiful day and great to have so many helpers on the stall. We had information about Parkinson’s, and various games people could play. The stall raised £200 for the two branches, which is in addition to the Funds raised at the Regatta by the Rotary Club. Many thanks to all the helpers.”