A leading Parkinson's disease charity has moved to thank the dedicated volunteers who have competed in the Great South Run. In participating in the ten-mile challenge, 111 amateur athletes helped to raise around £25,000 for Parkinson's UK, in order to support research and care services. Some of the runners actually live with the condition, such as Jacqui Hodge, 45. "I'd never run before and the race was harder than I thought, but the feeling of finishing far outweighed the effort, and the generosity of people sponsoring me was amazing," she said. Parkinson's UK fundraising director Paula Clark said that runners such as Ms Hodge did a fantastic job, and the charity was very grateful for their support. Researchers at the University of Sheffield recently published a study which suggests that the development of Parkinson's disease is caused by damage to the part of the brain that is responsible for the forming of habits.
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