Here we celebrate and share the incredible stories of our wonderful 2019 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). 

John MacPhee, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in his mid-40s, led a team of nine family members and friends aptly named the ‘Parkinson’s Power’ team (pictured below) on a cycle around the entire coastline of Iceland to fundraise for CPT. They completed the challenge between 26 and 29 June last year in a mere 56 hours 57 minutes, smashing their 72 hour time limit and raising almost £5,000 in the process. Amazing work John and team, thank you!

Scottish Michelin Star chef Martin Wishart, whose mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 10 years ago, celebrated the 20th anniversary of his Edinburgh restaurant by sailing across the Atlantic. Martin and his team’s epic voyage (pictured below) saw them set off from Portugal on 11 November arriving in Gran Canaria on 19 December, raising over £65,000 for CPT along the way. What an incredible achievement Martin and crew, we are very grateful!

Anna Weguelin took part in the iconic London Marathon on 28 April for CPT, training and fundraising relentlessly to reach a total of over £6,000 - Anna finished her run in under 4 hours. Thank you for all your hard work Anna!

Will Boyd-Wallis (pictured below) followed up his incredible 2018 Cairngorms challenge with various talks and interviews continuing to raise awareness and funds of the work of CPT. Thank you Will!

On 13 October, Deborah de Groot (pictured below) ran her first ever half marathon at the Royal Parks Half. She was raising funds for CPT on behalf of her brother Hamish, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s four years ago at the age of 53. Beginning her intense training 9 months before the race, Deborah’s determination saw her raise over £12,000 to help fund research for a cure. Amazing work Deborah!

With a team of family and friends, Sam Ubhi took part in the Vitality 10K (pictured below) on 27 May raising over £7,000 for CPT. As well as taking on this brilliant race for the third year running, Sam has donated pieces of her beautiful handmade jewellery as auction prizes for other CPT fundraising events, helping to raise even more funds for Parkinson’s research. Thank you so much for your continued support Sam!

Retired Army Colonel Guy Deacon (pictured below) was diagnosed with Parkinson’s 8 years ago. Last year he cycled an astonishing 500 miles around the north of Scotland, completing his challenge in six days and conquering the notorious Bealach na Ba, the steepest road in the UK. Guy’s efforts raised over £5,000 for CPT – Congratulations Guy, what an incredible achievement!

Sharon Dawson (pictured below) took part in multiple runs throughout 2019, including the famous Royal Parks Half Marathon on 13 October as well as hosting a fantastic 'oompah evening' for family and friends. Never one to shy away from a challenge, on 21 August Sharon also completed a high adrenaline wing-walk on top of a bi-plane travelling at speeds of over 130 mph. Sharon is a long-term supporter of CPT and is always willing to go above and beyond to raise money – thank you so much for your continuing support Sharon!

David Baker set out on the 8 March with a team of nine from the Worshipful Company of Butchers (pictured below) to take on the gruelling challenge of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa at nearly 6,000 metres above sea level. The successful ascent was the culmination of many hard months of training raising both funds and awareness for CPT’s Parkinson’s research – thank you David and team for your amazing fundraising efforts!

From the 7 September mother and son duo Nichola and Joseph Manners (pictured below) took on the iconic Land’s End to John O’Groats cycle as part of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain Challenge. The pair conquered the 980 mile journey camping along the way raising funds and awareness for both CPT and Alzheimer’s Research UK. Well done Nichola and Joseph – what an amazing achievement!

On the 9 June residents from the Sussex village of Bosham opened their garden gates to the public for the third year running in support of CPT. Organised by Lucinda Hitchings (pictured below) and fellow Bosham Committee members, Lucinda planned the hugely successful day, where visitors were able to explore 20 beautiful local garden spaces whilst enjoying plant sales, afternoon tea, homemade cakes and wonderful harbour-side lunches. Thank you to Lucinda and the rest of the Bosham Committee for their brilliant support!

Paul Holmes along with his university flatmate Ursy Walton (pictured below) conquered the Schneider Electric Marathon de Paris in aid of CPT on 14 April last year in support of his father, Timothy, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2018. Congratulations Paul and Ursy!