A BARRHEAD grandmother was joined by her family on a charity walk for Parkinson’s...five years after receiving her own diagnosis.

June O’Henley’s loved ones, including her three granddaughters, were at her side on Sunday for the Scottish Walk for Parkinson’s UK event at Loch Leven, in Kinross.

The ‘Grannies Squad’ raised hundreds of pounds to fund research into finding a cure for the disease and to help other sufferers.

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For former nurse June, the walk was especially gruelling due to the symptoms of her condition but she was determined to do her bit to help others.

Her daughter, Dawn Smith, explained: “My mum was only 57 when she was diagnosed and had the symptoms for a while beforehand, so she was really very young.

“She’s on medication, attends support groups and copes amazingly well but walking is difficult.

“Mum gets very fatigued and has a constant tremor, so she’s exhausted at the end of the day.

“It’s a massive thing for her to have done this.”

June was joined on the day by her husband Angus, daughter Dawn, son-in-law David and grandchildren Lucy, 11, Aimie, eight, and Zoe, five, who are all pupils at St Mark’s Primary, in Barrhead.

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The family received a pep talk from Commonwealth Games wrestler Jayne Clason and were piped off by the Burntisland & District Pipe Band on the banks of Loch Leven to tackle the course with around 100 other walkers and dogs.

Dawn, of Aursbridge Crescent, said: “It was a great day, although we got typical Scottish weather. We were all soaked through but we were so proud of my mum.

“She managed it fantastically well but had to really push through the last half mile as her legs were really struggling with stiffness at that point.”

With cash still coming in, the family reckon they have raised around £900 for Parkinson’s UK.

Dawn added: “It is a great charity and my mum has benefited from their help. They’ve provided a lot of advice on how to deal with her condition.

“There are still a lot of stereotypes around Parkinson’s. People think it’s something that mainly affects males, that it’s something that only affects older people and is just an inevitability of old age, a bit like dementia.

“As well as searching for a cure, the charity is raising awareness, challenging stereotypes and making people realise it can affect people who are very young.

“We really want to thank friends and local Barrhead and Neilston people who have really got behind us as a family and sent messages of support, donated or sponsored.”

“We’re absolutely overwhelmed with the kindness my mum has received, even from people who don’t know her.”