Shafaq Ali from Wakefield is joining star-studded fashion and entertainment show, Catwalk to a Cure, in aid of Parkinson’s UK.

Shafaq, 41, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s just last year, will be getting her glad rags on and soaking in the glitz and glamour of Catwalk to a Cure at Proud Embankment, London, on Tuesday 16 May 2023.

With more acts to be announced soon, the star-studded fashion and entertainment show will be raising money for pioneering research into Parkinson’s, which affects around 145,000 people in the UK.

Since her diagnosis, Shafaq has found that medication and exercise helps her control her symptoms - she has even attained an orange belt in Kung Fu - and works part-time in dentistry.

Shafaq said: “Living with Parkinson’s has made me want to embrace opportunities and step outside of my comfort zone. Before my diagnosis, I never would have dreamt of taking part in a Catwalk.

“It’s so important to me to raise awareness of Parkinson’s and I want more people to know that Parkinson’s can affect anyone and everyone. Everyone needs to know that you can have Parkinson’s and live well. Yes, the condition can change things – but not always entirely for the worse.

“Charities such as Parkinson’s UK provide a vital support and information network for those with the condition. In the relatively short time since I was diagnosed, Parkinson’s UK has helped me find my sense of purpose again. Catwalk to a Cure will be a great night out with lots of fun and laughter. I’m really looking forward to meeting the other models living with Parkinson’s and help raise vital funds for Parkinson’s UK.”