An Richmond architect has chosen to spend the year participating in triathlon events to raise money for charity and in support of her mother who lives with Parkinson's Disease.

Andrea Schrader has been taking on endurance challenges - which include running, trekking, cycling, training rides and taking part in seven marathons in order to raise £5,000 for Parkinson’s UK.

The designer will cover 1,350 miles to represent one out of 350 people who will be affected by the condition.

She has already completed marathons in Edinburgh and Paris as well as the Hackney Half and Vitality Big Half races.

Ms Schrader said: “Parkinson’s UK estimate that there are more than 40 symptoms of the condition. As well as the most widely known symptom - tremors - these range from physical symptoms like muscle stiffness, to depression, anxiety, hallucinations, memory problems and dementia, but Parkinson’s affects everyone differently.”

Andrea’s mother Inez was diagnosed with Parkinson’s five years ago and she hopes the money raised will go towards helping the charity to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected through Parkinson’s.

According to Parkinson’s UK two people every hour are likely to receive a Parkinson’s diagnosis.

Katy Payne, Head of Events at Parkinson’s UK, said: “The money raised by Andrea will go directly towards supporting people with Parkinson’s and our pioneering research to find a cure. We couldn’t do our work without our amazing fundraisers like Andrea, and we’re very grateful.”

To support Andrea’s challenge you can donate to her Just Giving page: