Golden anniversary couple raise hundreds of pounds for Parkinson’s support group

PUBLISHED: 14:00 18 November 2018

Iain and Maggie, with daughter-in-law Debi, son Mike and grandson Sawyer.

Iain and Maggie, with daughter-in-law Debi, son Mike and grandson Sawyer.

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A Nailsea couple celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with more than 80 family members and friends and raised hundreds of pounds for charity.

Iain and Maggie Holland held an afternoon tea and raffle at Nailsea Masonic Hall and raised more than £1,000 for the North West Somerset branch of Parkinson’s UK.

Maggie was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 14 years ago and says she is ‘very lucky’ to have a husband who is her carer and best friend.

Maggie and Iain met at the Bristol ice skating rink and married one year and one day later at Christ Church in Nailsea.

The couple have a son and daughter and three grandchildren and a number of shared hobbies including radio control model locomotives and boats and Qi Gong.

Maggie also helped on the committee of the Parkinson’s support group for seven years and her family has raised hundreds of pounds for the branch to say thank you for the support it provides to the couple.

Maggie’s Parkinson’s has progressed and she needs regular medication to control it although it can still be ‘variable and unpredictable’.

She said: “I am very lucky to have a husband who is my 24/7 carer and also has been my best friend for 50 years.

“We have been members for 14 years of the North West Somerset branch.

“If you have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s, or someone close to you has, then don’t suffer alone.

“We are a friendly group and have interesting speakers, special pampering days and outings.

“Thank you to all those who joined us, or sent cards and donations, to have made this a very special day.”

Iain and Maggie’s son Mike and one of his friends scaled all 15 of Snowdonia’s highest peaks to raise money for the chairty.

Mike also walked 300 miles around the Cornwall Coastal Path for the support group.

Iain and Maggie have hosted two open days at their house and several coffee mornings and have raised more than £4,000 for the branch.

More: Support group for Parkinson’s saved by new volunteers.

The North West Somerset branch of Parkinson’s UK meets at St Francis Church hall, in Ash Hayes Road, on the second Saturday of the month at 10.30am.

New committee members and helpers are always welcome.

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