Professor Marios Hadjivassiliou, a Consultant Neurologist at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals, is taking part in this year’s Walk for Wards to support neurology patients at a time of real need.

Marios will be raising funds with his family by taking on a ‘Tale of Two Cities’ walk – which will see the trio walking in both Cyprus and Sheffield.

Marios said, “After six months of having to navigate the challenges COVID-19 has brought, my family and I are excited to focus our attention on Walk for Wards, and do something positive that will support neurology patients and raise awareness of Neurocare’s work.

“My main passion is research, and Neurocare has kindly supported my projects in the past. As well as the massive impact COVID-19 has had on all of our lives, an unforeseen consequence has been putting vital research on hold.”

Professor Hadjivassiliou’s recent research, that was funded by supporters of Neurocare, found a direct link between gluten sensitivity and neurological dysfunction – which could help to prevent long term disability in patients caused by gluten sensitivity.

“We hope that our fundraising will help the continuation of ground-breaking research projects, with the aim of discovering treatments which will prevent long term neurological disability.

“Our ‘Tale of Two Cities’ walk will take place in Cyprus and Sheffield. In mid-September, our first challenge will involve completing a walk around part of the city walls in Nicosia, Cyprus (COVID-19 permitting). Then back in the UK, we will also be completing the Sheffield Round Walk.”

Professor Hadjivassiliou and his family are raising funds for Neurocare and you can donate on their JustGiving page:

Walk for Wards is an annual sponsored walk organised by our partner charity, Sheffield Hospitals Charity. The event raises an average of £15,000 to support hospitals in Sheffield but because of COVID-19, the physical event this year can’t take place. Instead, we’re asking supporters to take on their own sponsored walks at any time during September.

To register for Walk for Wards, sign up on the Sheffield Hospitals Charity site here.