Our brilliant CPT supporter John Duncan was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease on the 1st July 2009. For his mile-stone 80th Birthday he decided to fundraise for us. He worked tirelessly and it paid off! In total he raised an incredible £4,540.86, and we couldn’t be prouder.

 John tells his story below…

"I decided to ask my family, friends and anyone else who will listen, not to give me presents on my  80th birthday on 20th April.  Instead I suggested that they make a charitable donation. Presents of bottles of whisky or wine would have been very  nice but I would only drink them! Instead, if people felt so inclined, donations to The Cure Parkinson’s Trust  would make far more sense in the long run and would help to bring a cure that much closer although perhaps not in my lifetime.

Apart from nudging friends & family, I sent emails to well over 100 of my other contacts, posted on a variety of Facebook pages and sent press releases to my local Islington & Hackney media, to City Editors and also to newspapers and broadcasters in my native Sussex.

Happily and appropriately, perhaps, more than 80 people donated a total of £4,540.86 mainly through Just Giving. Contributions ranged between £10 and £500, eight of them were for my age of £80.00! Apart from the UK, funds came from America, South Africa, Spain & Sweden".

Birthdays and other personal events are a brilliant way to raise money for charity. Especially if running a marathon or climbing a mountain doesn’t currently fit in with your lifestyle! To learn more or to start fundraising please contact Lottie.