On 14 April, supporter Joe Gregory will be taking on his 10,000 keepie-uppie challenge to raise vital funds and awareness for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust’s (CPT) pioneering Parkinson’s research.

 Joe enjoyed playing football for many years, sharing the passion with his father and brother, who both had professional careers in the sport. He said:

‘It was trouble with my running (and walking) - and a plan to make a comeback playing football that led to me finally going to the GP. I was quickly referred to a neurologist, underwent some tests and was eventually told I have Parkinson’s.’ 

Joe was diagnosed with Parkinson’s on 11 April 2019, on World Parkinson’s Day. A year later, he decided to mark the anniversary of his diagnosis by taking part in the fantastic Cure Parkinson’s Cup, a football tournament for people with Parkinson’s to raise money for CPT. Sadly, due to public health concerns, the event has been postponed to take place later in the year.

 In spite of the public event being postponed, Joe remains determined to challenge himself and raise funds for our research into a cure. In light of the tournament being postponed, Joe will be attempting to complete 10,000 consecutive keepie-uppies in his garden- a remarkable undertaking! He said:

 ‘Alongside playing in the Cure Parkinson’s Cup, I wanted to attempt an individual challenge too, one that would be difficult. I hope this could also be a positive story for people to follow, especially at the moment.’ 

All at CPT would like to say a huge thank you and good luck to Joe! We are hugely grateful for your support and dedication towards raising awareness for our ground-breaking research. 

If you would like to donate or find out more about Joe’s story, please click here.

Feeling inspired by Joe’s determination and fundraising efforts? We would love to hear your ideas on how you can fundraise at home!

Please contact Grace to discuss any fundraising ideas you may have.

Alternatively, please call 020 7487 3892