Mike Tindall shares heartache as he opens up on devastating family struggle

Mike Tindall and wife Zara Tindall

Mike Tindall has opened up on a devastating family struggle as he shares his heartache with fans.

Mike Tindall came close to tears when he opened up on the devastating impact Parkinson's disease has had on his father.

The former English rugby union star is the son of Philip and Linda Tindall, but the family has been battling a health struggle after Mike's father was diagnosed with Parkinson's almost 20 years ago.

As the husband of the Queen's granddaughter Zara Tindall, Mike is the patron of a charity called Cure Parkinsons - which is fighting a cause close to his heart.

And in doing so he helped organise the annual Celebrity Golf Classic Day, held each year to raise vital funds and raise awareness of the condition. This year Strictly Come Dancing 2021 contestant, Dan Walker has gotten involved.

Speaking about his personal link to Parkinson's, Mike explained, "My dad has had Parkinson's [disease] for 20 years. You know, it's been a tough road for him, especially in the last 10 years. It's been great to be always able to put that funding into research.

"So everything that Cure Parkinsons does is purely about the research. Their sole goal is to not exist, to stop, reverse and Cure Parkinson's ultimately it's something that because of having to watch my dad go through it that's something I'm more interested in, is the cure side of it, not just living with it."

Mike Tindall

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Mike, who is a father himself to daughters Mia, seven, Lena, three, welcomed son Lucas earlier this year, as he gave an update on family life. And his father's illness is something that is bound to make him treasure his family life even more.

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STROUD, UNITED KINGDOM - SEPTEMBER 09: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 24 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) Mia Tindall walks alongside her father Mike Tindall as he pushes baby daughter Lena Tindall in her pram on day 3 of the Whatley Manor Horse Trials at Gatcombe Park on September 9, 2018 in Stroud, England. (Photo by Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

Around 145,000 people in the UK are helped by Cure Parkinson's and 10 million people are affected worldwide.

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Rick Lay, director of fundraising and marketing at Cure Parkinsons acknowledged all the hard work and support Mike has offered them.

He explained, "So this day, and other days like it, are fantastic for raising funds to really drive that research. Mike is fantastic for the charity, he is a brilliant patron. He's so good at driving awareness and making things happen for us."

He continued, "This is the pinnacle, this fantastic golf day that we've benefitted from for several years now is just amazing. But Mike is always willing to help whether that is jump on his bicycle and cycle a crazy distance, come and join a business meeting in the city. It's with the backing of people like Mike that we really are able to raise awareness as well as money - two vital ingredients for the cure."

To find out more information about Cure Parkinson's visit their website for help and support.

Selina Maycock
Senior Entertainment Writer

Selina is a Senior Entertainment Writer for Goodto.com, Woman&Home, and My Imperfect Life with more than 16 years of experience in newspapers and magazines. She currently writes a mix of Entertainment news - including baby news, weddings, reporting the the latest news about the Royal kids Prince George, Charlotte, Louis, Archie and Lilibet as well as Family news stories. Before joining Future Publishing, Selina graduated from the University of Sheffield in 2006 with a degree in Journalism. She is fully NCTJ and NCE qualified and has 100wpm shorthand. When she's not interviewing celebrities you can find her exploring new countryside walking routes, catching up with friends over good food, or making memories.