The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) are delighted to be the recipient of the 2020 Lloyd’s Market Charity Award receiving a £25,000 donation in support of our pioneering research into a cure for Parkinson’s. The annual Lloyd's Market Charity Award is a long-standing scheme that aims to recognise and celebrate the voluntary and fundraising work of individuals from across the Lloyd's market in London. The 2020 award salutes the work of dedicated CPT fundraiser Simon Cooper, Head of Specialty at AEGIS London. 

CPT was thrilled to have been chosen as one of AEGIS London’s charity partners in 2019 by Simon who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2017. Since then Simon has worked tirelessly to help raise awareness and funds for CPT within AEGIS London and the wider Lloyd’s Market.

In June last year Simon nominated AEGIS to become the lead sponsor of CPT’s Coast to Coast to Cure cycle challenge organising several professional events resulting in £70,000 being raised. In November in recognition of his incredible fundraising efforts Simon won a Lloyd’s Market Charity contribution of £4,000 for CPT. In December he attended fellow CPT charity partner Neon’s staff ‘festive bake off and coffee morning’ to share his story about living with Parkinson’s and to promote the work of CPT amongst employees. 

Throughout the winter Simon began planning his next fundraising event, the ‘Castel Office to Office Ride’. The ride will see 40 colleagues cycle from their London office to Amsterdam with the aim of raising £200,000 for CPT’s ground-breaking Parkinson’s research. Unfortunately, in light of COVID-19 the cycle challenge which was due to take place in September this year has been postponed but Simon has already secured an incredible 15 companies from across the Lloyd’s Market to sponsor the event.

CPT’s CEO, Will Cook spoke to Simon about his reaction to winning the Lloyd’s Market Charity Award and how the donation will help to support our International Linked Clinical Trials (iLCT) programme of research into repurposed drugs that have the potential to slow, stop or reverse Parkinson’s.

If you would like to find out how your company can help to support our work please contact Julia or call 020 74873892.