Mark, who has lived with Parkinson’s for almost 10 years, has released a poetry book about life with the condition. And he’s donating all proceeds to Parkinson's UK.
Mark wrote his collection of honest, quirky and perceptive poems, Reflections: Poetic Thoughts about Parkinson’s, Pandemic and Life, throughout the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.
Mark, from Fife, admits he hated poetry at school but had an urge to start writing during last year’s lockdown. And he hasn't stopped since.
He was encouraged to compile a book after sharing his poems with his friends in the Parkinson's community.
Mark hopes his poetry collection can put a smile on people's faces as he gets set to produce 500 copies of his poetry book.
Copies will cost £10 plus postage. 60% of profits are going towards Parkinson’s Active, a National Lottery Community Fund Project helping people with Parkinson's access local exercise programmes. And 40% of the profits are going to the Parkinson’s UK Fife branch, of which Mark is a member.
60% of the profits from Mark's poetry book are going towards Parkinson's Active.
Parkinson's Active is developing the first Parkinson’s Scotland exercise network. It will provide local exercise opportunities for people in Scotland with the condition, and inspiration and resources for professionals.
Find out how you can get involved.