Click here to listen to Gavin talk about his involvement in our appeal.

On 23 February on BBC Radio 4, the former Scotland and British Lions Captain, Gavin Hastings, presented a fundraising appeal which highlights the work of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust.
In the appeal, Gavin describes how his wife, Diane, has coped with the condition since she was diagnosed ten years ago, aged 39. “You hope that in your lifetime, there will be a cure for Parkinson’s,” says Gavin, “And I am delighted to present this appeal to highlight the innovative work The Cure Parkinson’s Trust is undertaking.”

Parkinson’s disease is a neurological disorder which affects over 127,000 people in the UK alone, and one person in every 300 worldwide. It is characterised by the presence of tremors, stiffness, slowness of movement and balance problems. The treatment of Parkinson’s disease has not changed significantly in the past 50 years, and some of the side effects of the medication are as troubling to the person living with Parkinson’s as the condition itself.

The Cure Parkinson’s Trust is currently funding research initiatives, with a particular interest in projects that slow, halt or reverse Parkinson’s.

“Gavin’s involvement in this appeal is a fantastic opportunity for us to highlight some of the exciting work we are supporting,” says co-founder and President of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust, Tom Isaacs. “More funding is urgently needed to invest in the research to help pave the way to a cure.”

To make a donation, listeners are invited to call Freephone 0800 404 8144 or send a cheque to Freepost BBC Radio 4 Appeal, clearly marking the back of the envelope “The Cure Parkinson’s Trust.” Listeners can also donate online on the BBC Radio 4 website, during the week of the appeal.

Click here to read the coverage in the Scottish Herald.