Cults woman to host street party in memory of father

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Preparations are under way for a pop-up cafe and street party to be held in Cults in memory of the father of a local woman.

Rachel Soplantila will be opening the event at the Cults Kirk Centre in North Deeside Road on Friday, April 24, to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK.

Rachel’s father, David Welton, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 62 and he passed away in February last year at the age of 76.

This is the second year in a row that Rachel has held her popular ‘Pop in for Parkinson’s’ event.

Last year’s party in Aberdeen was a huge success and raised over £3000.

Rachel said: “My idea to do something positive for Parkinson’s UK was inspired by my father’s outlook on life.

‘‘He was a retired design and technology teacher and head of department at Gordonstoun School near Elgin. He was the most positive person I have ever known and had a tremendous zest for life. He was brave, innovative and adventurous.

“Parkinson’s UK is a brilliant charity which supports people living with the condition and their families, and also works to find improved treatments and ultimately a cure.

‘‘Parkinson’s can easily cause a person to lose confidence; the symptoms can cause a decline in self-esteem and lead to social isolation and loneliness. Pop in for Parkinson’s is a way of bringing the whole community together to support this great cause and local people living with Parkinson’s.

“We received huge support from generous individuals and local businesses last year who donated some wonderful prizes.

‘‘The Aberdeen Football Club mascot Angus the Bull made an appearance along with a musician and a magician too.

‘‘Everyone who came on the day or helped to contribute, felt part of a wonderfully supportive community.”

Pop in for Parkinson’s will start at 10.30am and run until 6.30pm.

Tea, coffee, cakes will be served all day with soup at lunchtime and an after school meal of stovies.

Local residents will have the opportunity to showcase their hidden skills at the ‘Pop in for Parkinson’s Got Talent’ contest, and a prize will be awarded to the person whose balloon travels the furthest during a balloon release.

To enter the talent contest and find out more in advance email: popinforparkinsons@yahoo.co.uk.

Paul Jackson-Clark, Fundraising Director at Parkinson’s UK, said: “The funds raised by Rachel will make a real difference to the lives of the 10,000 people who are living with Parkinson’s in Scotland.”