Above: Sir David Jones (pictured far right) with Michael J Fox, the late Tom Isaacs and Debi Brookes of the Michael J Fox Foundation

It is with great sadness that we report Sir David Jones, co-founder of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust, has died.

Sir David, a former Chairman and Chief Executive of NEXT Plc, was diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s at the age of 39, making his diagnosis public in 2001. The following year Sir David supported Tom Isaacs’ Coastin’ walk - a year long 4,500 mile trek around Britain’s coastline - and in April 2003 he joined Sir Richard Nichols and Air Vice Marshal Michael Dicken on the Millennium Bridge to welcome Tom as he completed his challenge.

This marked the first time the four co-founders met, following which they formed The Cure Parkinson's Trust in 2005. It was through Sir David that CPT benefited from a major fundraising event organised by NEXT to start funding research into a cure for Parkinson's together with the Michael J Fox Foundation in 2006. This initial impetus and Sir David's drive ensured that CPT started with a clear purpose and determination that is still its hallmark today. Without his generous and unwavering support CPT would not have been able to achieve all it has done and continues to do.

On behalf of all at CPT, our thoughts, our gratitude and condolences are with David’s wife Ann and his family.