Here we celebrate and share the incredible stories of our wonderful 2018 Fundraiser of the Year award runners-up, nominated by their family and friends who were inspired by their truly spectacular fundraising efforts taken on in support of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT). 

From the 19th May to the 9th June last year, Will Boyd-Wallis (pictured above) trekked the entire boundary of the beautiful Cairngorms National Park, in Scotland to support CPT’s pioneering Parkinson’s research. Will completed the incredible 260 mile route climbing 33,000 feet over the entire walk, the equivalent of climbing both Everest and Ben Nevis from sea level! Congratulations Will, what an amazing achievement! Thank you so much for your truly magnificent fundraising efforts and support.

Team Hastings (pictured above) also known as ‘Shake, Rattle and Run’ are Diane & Holly Hastings and family friend Fiona Maran who felt so inspired when watching the 2017 Virgin Money London Marathon that they decided to take on the iconic challenge together last April in support of CPT. Diane was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 16 years ago and featured in CPT’s BBC Lifeline Appeal in March 2017 which was presented by her husband Gavin Hastings, the former Scotland and British Lions Captain. This fantastic trio took on the hottest London Marathon on record in temperatures of over 24 degrees raising over £13,000 for Parkinson’s research. Fantastic work team!  

For three days in June, supporter Giles Harrison (pictured above) took on the extreme challenge of walking for 72 hours, with little or no sleep around Richmond Park in Surrey in a bid to raise awareness and funds for CPT as well as RNLI Lifeboats and Bowel Cancer UK. Giles fittingly named his fundraising venture ‘The Sleep.Walk Challenge’ and said.

“For me, the SleepWalk represented the huge challenges some people face in their daily lives and I wanted to capture that spirit of positivity and endurance that enables them to carry on. Parkinson's can be a cruel and debilitating disease, but CPT funds crucial research and gives hope to thousands - like my uncle - for a better life.”

CPT supporter Charlotte Allen (pictured above) was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 36. Determined to make a difference and offer support to others living with the condition Charlotte co-founded 'Parkinson’s Concierge', a platform aimed at creating awareness within and outside the Parkinson’s community. This fantastic organisation offer a membership scheme to people with PD, their family members, friends and carers offering discounted services and products from their continuously growing number of business partners. Parkinson’s Concierge have also partnered with CPT as their charity partner in a bid to help raise funds and awareness of the need for more research into a cure for Parkinson’s.

In July, supporter Jane Willis and her team (pictured above) set off on an incredible fundraising challenge: to hike 40 miles over the Chemin de la Liberte in the Pyrenees Mountains. Renamed temporarily by Jane and her team as the ‘Freedom from Parkinson’s Trail,’ this iconic passage which runs from France into Spain was used as an escape route from Nazi occupied France in World War II. Jane’s daughter Holly said:

"I am so grateful that I have been able to be a part of this incredible trip. My mum has done so well and I couldn't be more proud of her. She is inspiring and so determined. This trip has proved to be a great success in raising funds for The Cure Parkinson's Trust and I'd like to thank everyone who has donated and supported my mum and the team along the way."

On the 15th July John Heelas along with a team of family and friends (pictured above) took on the challenge of walking the famous Hadrian’s Wall to raise awareness and funds for CPT. John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010, aged 47. John’s core team comprised of his sisters Jane and Caroline, his brother Richard and brother-in-law Hugo as well as his sons. Beginning in Newcastle together they tackled the cross-country route which runs from England’s East to West coast, covering 15 miles a day, over 6 days until they reached Bowness on Solway, in North West Cumbria. Magnificent effort team!

On the 25th August Fynlee Hateley (pictured above), aged 13 took on a fantastic 2.5 mile swimathon to raise awareness and funds for CPT. Fynlee completed the 200 length charity swim in one hour 43 minutes at the Bannatyne Health Club and Spa in Tamworth, where he and his family are members. Breaking his initial fundraising target Fynlee raised over £1,000 for Parkinson’s research and in memory of his Grandmother who lived with Parkinson’s. Thank you Fynlee on behalf of everyone at CPT!

For the last four years, CPT has been a beneficiary of both the Gulls' Egg Luncheon, held at Merchant Taylors' Hall, and the Grouse & Grape Luncheon, held at Spencer House. Both events are hugely important to CPT, and both require huge amounts of organisation and planning by respective committees. At the head of both committees is Rupert Phelps (pictured above), who has shown unwavering support for CPT and has dedicated huge amounts of time to maintaining and strengthening these now iconic events in the City. Thank you Rupert for the very significant contribution you have made to raising funds and awareness for CPT and Parkinson's research across the last four years. 

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