The annual fundraising dinner organised by the City-based philanthropy group, The October Club (TOC), has raised over £610K for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. All funds raised will support 'Parkinson’s World', a transformational online project which will link the experience of people living with Parkinson’s disease with clinical and scientific expertise.

Over 400 guests attended the dinner, which was held last night at The Savoy hotel, London. The evening included speeches from President and co-founder of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust, Tom Isaacs, Consultant Neurologist and founder of ParkinsonNet, Professor Bastiaan Bloem and Chairman of The October Club, Mark Pumfrey. Broadcaster and journalist, Jeremy Vine and his brother, presenter and comedian Tim Vine, were among the guests with Tim treating everyone to an impromptu performance of his quick-fire puns and one-liners! 

The live and silent auction raised a substantial proportion of the overall total with guests also able to make pledges to fund particular elements of the Parkinson’s World online project.

This new project will enable better classification of the condition which in turn will create new avenues of research into ways to slow stop and reverse the disease. There has not been a significant breakthrough in treating Parkinson’s since the 1960s and this project will enable us to deliver our long held belief that the way to accelerate progress in Parkinson’s is to involve everyone connected with it and to work as a team.

Tom Isaacs - president (CPT)

We were particularly excited by this transformational project as it funds the use of modern technology and database information collection in a way that will help to get to the root cause of this pervasive condition. This is key to finding a cure and we are delighted to be partnering with The Cure Parkinson’s Trust on this as it will have a positive impact on so many people around the globe.

Mark Pumfrey - chairman (TOC).


The CPT team and volunteers

A packed house!

'Heads & Tails'...

Considering the auction lots...

Perusing the handicap stakes...

What a result!

Jeremy Vine presents a case of wine to the owner of the winning horse.

Tim Vine presents an impromptu performance of gags and word play. an approving audience.

Our film of 'young onset' people with Parkinson's

Tom Isaacs, president and co-founder of The Cure Parkinson's Trust

A standing ovation!

From left to right: Addie Pinkster (TOC Committee), Jenny Dicken (CPT Trustee) and Helen Matthews (CPT COO) 

                                                                                                                                                                                                    Some Tweets during the evening:

** Special thanks to Duncan Soar Photography