Mike Tindall has revealed how his family ‘slowly but surely’ returns to normal after coronavirus blockage.
The former England rugby star, 41, and wife Zara, 39, spent the past few months at their home in Gatcombe Park in Gloucestershire with their children Mia, six, and Lena, two.
He has now revealed how reuniting with his parents Zara and Phillip, who isolate themselves in West Yorkshire and fall into the high-risk category – with his father suffering from Parkinson’s and his mother struggling with asthma, ‘great’ but ‘not normal ‘.
The rugby ace also told Hey magazine: “Mia has been back in school for a while now and she is so happy it is great to see.”
Mike Tindall, 41, has revealed that he had a happy reunion with his parents Zara and Phillip after the coronavirus blockage. His parents were in the high-risk category and his father suffered from Parkinson’s and his mother had asthma (pictured, at an event together in May 2019)
Mike recently helped raise £ 250,000 for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust by cycling 137 km (85 miles) through the Gloucestershire countryside close to his home.
The rugby ace revealed how there had been ‘a bit of a family training program’ for the charity effort.
He explained, “I’ve been riding Lena on my back a lot, which helps with the resistance part.
“Mia and I used to cycle a lot together, and Zara trained with me, so it’s been a bit of a family education.”
Meanwhile, the rugby ace also revealed how his eldest daughter Mia has been ‘so happy’ since she came back to school after the corona virus crisis
Mike also revealed how his wife Zara helped train him for his recent charity challenge to cycle 85 miles and raise money for The Cure’s Parkinson’s Trust
His comments came a week after telling Lorraine that it was a “no-brainer” to send his eldest daughter Mia back to school – even though many of the students were still at home.
WHAT IS PARKINSON? THE INAUDIBLE DISEASE THAT STRUCK BOXER MUHAMMAD ALI
Parkinson’s disease affects one in 500 people, including about a million Americans.
It causes muscle stiffness, slow movement, tremors, sleep disturbances, chronic fatigue, a reduced quality of life and can lead to severe disability.
It is a progressive neurological disorder that destroys cells in the part of the brain that controls movement.
Patients are known to have a reduced supply of dopamine because nerve cells that make it have died.
There is currently no cure, and there is no way to stop the progression of the disease, but hundreds of scientific studies are being conducted to change that.
The disease claimed the life of boxing legend Muhammad Ali in 2016.
Mia happily returned to school after the government gave the green light to first-year students last month.
He said his daughter, Lena’s older sister, two, had had a blast returning to the classroom – and it had helped the “well-being” of the whole family while being locked up.
The 41-year-old appeared on the ITV morning show to talk about raising money for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust and his father Philip’s battle with the disease.
Speaking about homeschooling and the difficult decision to send Mia Grace back to full-time education, he said, “You weigh it, the school she attended did a fantastic job of how they prepared. She was ready to go back, she missed her friends and missed that interaction. ‘
He said back on her first day, Mia Grace was delighted to see her classmates again:
“I will always remember her face coming out the first day, she had a blast catching up and seeing everyone.
“It was a bit of a good idea for us, not just in terms of her well-being and mental well-being, but for us, home schooling … I think it was absolutely necessary.”
He also revealed that the couple are hopeful to eat out next month when they celebrate their ninth wedding anniversary on July 30.
“Hopefully we can do something, we will have to wait and see what we can do and what we can do. It’s pretty good with the restaurants opening, we might be able to have a date night so that will be fun.
“Normally you never plan a date night … you can just do it right away. Now you have to plan, you plan a week in advance. It is the most important thing in the last three months of your life. I look forward.’
The ex-rugby star from England revealed that his eldest daughter with wife Zara loved being back in school (Picture: father and daughter at Celtic Manor in July 2019)
Speaking of his father’s two-decade struggle with Parkinson’s, he said, “My dad has had Parkinson’s for almost twenty years now.
“To see how it affected his life and how it changed him … if we can find a cure, we can avoid another son or daughter having to watch what I had to watch with my father, the man who gave me everything has learned what I know about sports competition.
‘If we can make sure that no one has to look at their parents, their person to look up on, it’s always worth getting on the bike and just [putting your] head down and kick. ‘