Lifelong Huddersfield Town fan John Waterhouse has been honoured for his charity work.
The former chairman of Town Gentlemen’s Sporting Club has been acknowledged as a ‘Yorkshire Champion’ after fundraising efforts for Parkinson’s UK.
He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in January 2008 after a lifetime of playing, officiating and watching sport, most notably football, cricket and tennis.
John, who has lived with wife Sandra in Appleton Roebuck near York for the last 43 years, has written two books, with all proceeds to the charity.
Memories of a Sporting Man recalls his early days playing sport and also features lots about watching Town down the decades.
Still a regular at the John Smith’s Stadium, John’s second book is called Fantasy Tales and includes all the adventures he would have loved to have had – like scoring a vital goal for England and bowling out the Australians in an Ashes Test!
John’s charity work, fundraising and desire not to let his condition stop him doing good earned the ‘Champion’ accolade and also the presentation of a signed cricket bat from Yorkshire duo Jack Brooks and Liam Plunkett at Headingley. His books are still available at the Stadium Superstore (ï¿½9.99) at the John Smith’s.
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition. People with Parkinson’s don’t have enough of a chemical called dopamine because some nerve cells in their brain have died. Without dopamine people can find that their movements become slower so it takes longer to do things.
The loss of nerve cells in the brain causes the symptoms of Parkinson’s to appear. There’s currently no cure and it’s not yet known why people get the condition.