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Partington woman to raise £9k completing nine challenges in nine months for charity.

When Anna-Marie Stocks, from Partington, decided to do a fundraising challenge to raise funds for Parkinson’s UK in honour of her 90-year-old mum, one sponsored event didn’t seem quite enough. So Anna decided to do nine – one for every decade of her mum’s life!

Anna’s ‘999’ challenge – to raise £9K by completing 9 challenges in 9 months – begins on 5th March with the Trafford 10k run, which she will complete with her sister Marie. The 50-year-old has only been in training since January and has never completed a run before…but the 10k run is just the beginning.

Over the course of 2022, Anna will complete a 50k walk, a half marathon, and a marathon, along with a skydive, a Tough Mudder event, an abseil and the UK’s longest zipwire, finishing off her nine challenges with the Edinburgh 7 Summits Challenge in November.

Anna’s mum, Margaret Murray, a mother of seven who celebrated her 65th birthday by jumping out of a plane, was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease in 2012. She also suffers from Lewy Body Dementia; a form of Dementia that can occur as a side effect of Parkinson’s Disease.

It was when Margaret had to move into residential care in 2021 that Anna came up with the idea of raising money for Parkinson’s Disease to honour her mum’s battle with the condition and celebrate her remarkable life.

“Most people think their mum is amazing says Anna, however my mum has not only raised a big family, she’s also been a fearless inspiration to all her kids and grand kids, taking life by the scruff of the neck and getting up to real daredevil stuff.

“That’s why I had to go large or go home when it came to thinking up a fundraiser in her honour. For families like mine, finding effective treatments for conditions like Parkinson’s Disease is an emergency, so 999 seems appropriate. I’m not exactly a fitness fanatic, so I am a bit nervous, but one challenge for each decade of my mum’s life doesn’t even come close to telling her what an extraordinary person she is.”

The staff at Margaret’s care home Four Oaks are all rooting for Anna, along with her husband Mark – who will join her for the 50k walk – and daughter Rachael – who will join her for the Tough Mudder. She’s hoping to enlist the support of friends, family and colleagues through social media and her Just Giving page to reach her £9k target.

“I’m hoping that £9k is achievable over the nine months,” Anna adds. “And if people can’t spare any cash, perhaps they can at least give me some tips on how to avoid blisters.”

If you could please share the Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Anna-Marie-Stocks with everyone you know and on your social media platforms this would help ensure Anna gets to the £9k target.