The October Club selects The Cure Parkinson’s Trust for 2016 charity fundraising dinner 

The City-based philanthropy group, The October Club, has chosen The Cure Parkinson’s Trust as the beneficiary charity for their annual fundraising dinner to be held on Wednesday 12th October 2016 at The Savoy, London.

The October Club, which has raised almost £10 million for charitable causes in its 29 year history, is raising funds for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust’s online project, Parkinson’s World which links patient experience with clinical and scientific expertise. Parkinson’s World will be the definitive information resource for both people living with Parkinson’s and also the wider Parkinson’s community. The resource will collect information, which will enable better stratification of the condition, which in turn will create new avenues of research into ways to slow, stop and reverse the disease.

“This year we received 60 high quality applications and after considerable analysis and due diligence were delighted to select The Cure Parkinson’s Trust as our charity partner. The project we will fund will make an enormous difference to the research being undertaken to find a cure for this widespread condition and we are very excited by it as it is classic October Club territory,” said Mark Pumfrey, Chairman of The October Club.

Parkinson’s is a degenerative neurological condition that is characterised by tremors, stiffness, slowness of movement and balance problems. The Cure Parkinson’s Trust is dedicated to developing new treatments to slow, stop and reverse the disease for the 127,000 people living with Parkinson’s in the UK and the 10 million affected worldwide.

“There has not been a significant breakthrough in treating Parkinson’s since the 1960s,” said Tom Isaacs, President and Co-Founder of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. “We could not be more delighted to have won the support of The October Club Committee this year. It 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, to work as a team. It is wonderful that The October Club understood and embraced our vision with Parkinson’s World.”

The October Club annual dinner is attended by approximately 400 largely City-based individuals and is the City’s Business ‘Trade Association’ event. Each year the Committee select a charity with a project which has the potential to be transformational to the organisation and in previous years has created a springboard from which charities have been able to increase and expand their influence and reach.