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Carnival fundraiser set to take over Aberdeen park to raise money for Parkinson’s

An Aberdeen woman is to take over a park to hold a mini fairground and carnival fundraiser in memory of her father who died after a battle with Parkinson’s.

Organiser Rachel Soplantila, from Cults, is hoping the event in Duthie Park featuring two huge marquees will attract around 3,000 people.

The Pop In For Parkinson’s event, now in its fourth year, has become an annual fundraiser since the passing of Rachel’s father David Welton.

David was diagnosed with Parkinson’s aged 62 and passed away in February 2014, aged in his 70s.

Rachel’s Pop In For Parkinson’s has raised thousands for charity Parkinson’s UK since.

This year’s event, from 10.30am to 3pm next Saturday, is aiming to be the biggest yet.

Rachel said: “It’s just grown arms and legs. “The support we’ve received has been really humbling.

“Initially it was part of the grieving process, to try and take some good out of something awful.

“Since then it’s less about my dad and more about the bravery of those living with Parkinson’s.

“A lot of the carers in Aberdeen and the people themselves with Parkinson’s, the bravery of these people to keep going with such positivity is amazing.”

All money raised at the event will go to the charity Parkinson’s UK, which works to raise awareness, provide support and fund research.

Rachel said: “Parkinson’s UK is amazing.

“It means they can continue to support the professionals that support the families affected by Parkinson’s.

“They also do research.”

The event will feature a huge variety of entertainment and music.

The police and fire services are expected to make an appearance and take part in a tug-of-war.

There is also set to be a talent competition judged by new Lord Provost Barney Crockett.

To enter, e-mail scotlandfundraising@parkinsons.org.uk

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