The Barley’s are getting their trainers on for Parkinson’s

Charlie Barley with his daughter Shona who is running the Inverness � marathon on Sunday for Parkinson's UK.

Charlie Barley with his daughter Shona who is running the Inverness � marathon on Sunday for Parkinson's UK.

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Shona Macleod along with her sister Lorna and brother-in-law Angus MacLennan are running the Inverness half marathon this Sunday to raise money for Parkinson’s UK.

Shona is the middle daughter of Charles Macleod, better known as Charlie Barley and she works in the family business making the famous Stornoway black puddings. Her sister Lorna and brother-in-law Angus, originally form Loch Portan, North Uist, now live in Inverness with their two young sons Charlie and Ronnie.

The trio decided to run the Inverness Half Marathon in aid of Parkinson’s UK as Charlie Barley (64) was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s over 15 years ago. Charlie continued to live a full and very active life until a hip replacement operation resulted in him contracting an infection and spending much of the last 2 years in hospital.

Parkinson’s a degenerative condition so although Charlie is now back at home is his mobility is significantly reduced.

On the challenge facing her this weekend Shona commented: “My sister Lorna and I had chatted many times about taking on a challenge to raise money for Parkinson’s research as they are making great progress in developing treatment for people being diagnosed now.

“Lots of people raise funds for cancer research and of course it’s a very worthy cause but less well known conditions such as Parkinson’s also require funding for very important research.”

The training has been tough over the winter months in all conditions but the looming race day is making sure they don’t miss any training sessions come rain, hail or shine!

Shona added: “We would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have donated so far with the fund standing at an amazing £5000. If anyone would like to donate to this worthwhile cause and support the Barley Gang on Sunday please visit: www.justgiving.com/Barley-girls.