A Southend family are closing in on completing their challenge of walking 250 miles to raise vital funds for charity.

Barry and Karen Jacobs, along with their sons Louis and Sidney, have battled through rain, wind and snow during their fundraiser for Parkinson’s UK.

The Jacobs family were put to the test after Louis, 11, was inspired by seeing actor Michael J Fox talk about his experience of Parkinson’s on TV.

Louis put forward the idea of a fundraiser and the family are hoping to pass the 250-mile barrier before the turn of the month.

Barry said: “When Louis suggested the idea of raising money for people with Parkinson’s, it was an easy decision to agree to as, without Louis knowing, I have had family members who lived with Parkinson’s.

Battled through the elements - Storm Darcy hit during the Jacobs familys fundraiser

Battled through the elements - Storm Darcy hit during the Jacobs family's fundraiser

“It has been a great way of getting the family to spend more time with each other outdoors and good for our mental health as well. It has been a bit of a challenge to get motivated through the weather, but knowing we are doing it for a great cause has spurred us on.”

Storm Darcy covered south Essex in snow during the expedition, but the Jacobs family fought through the elements and have already raised more than £1,300.

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The funds will help drive forward pioneering research projects as well as vital support services for people affected by Parkinson’s.

Shana Bohlen, regional fundraiser for Essex at Parkinson’s UK, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Jacobs family for supporting Parkinson’s UK with this fantastic challenge, especially during lockdown. It’s been brilliant to follow their progress as they clock up the miles.”

To donate, visit justgiving.com/fundraising/jacobswalk-forparkinsons.

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