Our individual fundraisers are very special people and year on year never fail to inspire and amaze! They are our bedrock and we are so very grateful for their support and proud to call them part of The Cure Parkinson's Trust team...

A special commendation goes to Vicki Dillon (left) who, after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s at 35, has dedicated herself to speaking openly about Parkinson’s and raising awareness while going that extra mile to help others. Vicki set up a blog to support those newly diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and tirelessly works to raise awareness of the condition through public speaking and social media. Vicki has also organised and taken part in a number of fundraising events, which include founding a small choir and completing a 10k run, despite breaking her leg in the process! This year, inspired by Tom Isaac’s tremendous 'Coastin' walk around Britain, she plans to take her gorgeous vintage caravan along a similar route, raising money for Parkinson’s research. Vicki is also one of the first patients to take part in the GDNF clinical trial, showing her determination to get involved and help everyone with Parkinson’s in the process. All who nominated Vicki commented on her remarkable warmth, enthusiasm and dedication to the cause which consistently brings hope and inspiration to others. Congratulations Vicky!

There are few challenges more physically gruelling than the 'IronMan' triathlon, and very few people are committed enough to take one on, especially someone with two small children to look after and a full-time business to run! But Emily Lochore (pictured right) took on the IronMan to raise money and awareness for CPT. Inspired by her stepfather who has lived with Parkinson’s for ten years, Emily began training just 18 months before the IronMan event in Barcelona, often beginning her working day at 5am with a run or cycle and finishing with another session late into the evening. Throughout this time, Emily determinedly raised awareness of Parkinson’s and our work. On the day, Emily completed an unbelievable 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile cycle ride and finished by running a marathon, all in under 13 hours and without a break. She raised well over £14,000 for CPT! We are so grateful for Emily’s determination, hard work and perseverance in this incredible achievement. Simply awesome!

Izzy King (pictured left) is an incredible young lady with a heart of gold. Having seen the devastating effects Parkinson’s had on her grandfather’s life, 11 year-old Izzy decided to take action and help raise money to find a cure. She organised a wonderful five-mile sponsored ‘Walk for Grandad’ with her dog, beginning in Snodland and finishing at King’s Hill in Kent. Izzy’s proud family, including her grandfather Roger, joined her at the finish line which raised over £2,000 for CPT. Izzy won the prestigious 'Young Fundraiser of the Year' award at the Kent Children Awards, and selflessly dedicated her £500 prize money to CPT! Congratulations Izzy and thank you for all your hard work - what a special person you are!
Since gaining a place to run the Virgin Money London Marathon 2017, Dawn Edwins (pictured right) threw herself into raising both funds and support for CPT in a unique way. She designed 3D pictures containing mini characters from a popular building block toy, and sold them online and at craft fairs where she also raised awareness of Parkinson's with banners, balloons, pens and leaflets. Two weeks before the marathon, Dawn was taken ill with chest pains, and faced the prospect of having to pull out. Just days before the run, she was given the go-ahead to continue and despite having missed the vital final two weeks of training, she battled to the finish line in London for CPT. As if that wasn’t enough, soon after the marathon Dawn organised a team to run the Vitality 10k race for CPT too! Dawn was nominated by proud husband Graham, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s five years ago when he was 37. “She has been absolutely my rock,” he says. “She’s an amazing woman and a great mother to our two children, George (7) and Thomas (4).” We are so grateful to Dawn for all the time and hard work she has put in to training, running and raising money for CPT - what an inspiration!

Hilary Coulson (left) has been organising and running an annual quiz night in Rickmansworth, Hertfordshire for the past eight years in aid of CPT. She has worked extremely hard to gather raffle prizes, deal with all of the bookings and collecting money. The quiz has grown enormously, raising almost £3000 at the last two events. Hilary has also worked to raise awareness of CPT with huge enthusiasm and perseverance. Thank you so much Hilary for the many hours of time you have dedicated to raising funds and awareness for CPT.

Netty Martin (pictured standing right with cycling pal Rachel) has been committed to raising funds for Parkinson’s for a number of years. In July 2017, Netty took on a massive cycling challenge to raise money for CPT, alongside her friend Rachel Gibson who was diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s eight years ago. Netty and Rachel cycled from Murrayfield in Edinburgh to Twickenham in London over six days, covering an incredible 80 miles per day, and raising over £18,000 for CPT. Netty has always been a huge support to Rachel and her family, while also working hard to raise the profile of Parkinson’s. She has even persuaded her mother in law to choose CPT as their charity of the year at Chorleywood Golf Club! Netty - you're a superstar!

Read about Alison Anderson - our Fundraiser of the Year winner for 2017.