Nationwide charity event in memory of Montrose minister

Trish and Iain Douglas
Trish and Iain Douglas

An Angus businesswoman has organised a nationwide charity event in memory of her late husband who suffered from Parkinson’s.

Trish Douglas, owner of the George Hotel in Montrose, is the current Inner Wheel association president for Great Britain and Ireland, and in her year of presidency she has set out to raise money for a cause close to her heart, Parkinson’s UK, the condition which her late husband Iain Douglas suffered from.

Iain, former minister of St Andrew’s and Farnell, passed away in July 2013.

He had been living with Parkinson’s for a number of years.

On Saturday and Sunday Inner Wheel clubs across the UK and Ireland will be holding coffee mornings to raise money for Parkinson’s UK and celebrate the association’s 93rd anniversary this month.

Trish said: “I have seen firsthand what this cruel condition can do to people’s lives.

“I watched as my strong, able-bodied husband became a fragile and unstable man. It made his precious life almost unbearable.

“I knew nothing about Parkinson’s until Iain was diagnosed and I had to learn very quickly. It was a steep learning curve.”

There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s disease.

Trish said she had “difficult” decision to make when choosing a charity as her first husband, Jim Tinnion-Morgan, who died just 14 months after they moved to Montrose from Cockermouth in Cumbria, had a brain tumour and cancer of the kidney.

After Jim died she fundraised for cancer charities and chose to highlight Parkinson’s in her year as president.

She said: “I think a spotlight needs to be shone on Parkinson’s and the tremendous work Parkinson’s UK is doing in trying to find a cure for the condition.”

When Trish was Inner Wheel association overseas chairwoman for GB and Ireland she raised £78,000 for Sight Savers. She hopes to raise more for Parkinson’s UK. There will be a coffee morning at the George Hotel, George Street, Montrose, to raise money for Parkinson’s UK on Saturday from 10am to noon. Home-baking and pancakes will be available and there will also be a raffle.