Pictured above: John Heelas with sons Ludo and Orlando 

On the 15th July John Heelas along with a team of family and friends took on the challenge of walking the famous Hadrian’s Wall to raise awareness and funds for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT). John was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2010, aged 47. 

John’s core team comprised of his sisters Jane and Caroline, his brother Richard and brother-in-law Hugo as well as his sons. Beginning in Newcastle together they tackled the cross-country route which runs from England’s East to West coast, covering 15 miles a day, over 6 days until they reached Bowness on Solway, in North West Cumbria. John said:

“This walk has been a fantastic experience and a challenge covering 15 miles a day across the hilly terrain with plenty of ups and downs! Over the 6 days we experienced the wonderful scenery and amazing views along this famous walk. As well as the other walkers we met along the way an unexpected highlight was a very low overhead fly pass by a Tornado jet on day 3.

In addition to my Hadrian’s Wall fundraising walk three local friends have been supporting my cause to raise money for CPT by cycling Land’s End to John O’Groats, during the hottest week of the year! They have so far raised a fantastic £2,750. Another friend, Alexandra McCreery, will be taking on an adrenaline-pumping wing walk also in support of CPT's research into a cure for Parkinson's. 

I’d like to say a huge thank you for the very generous sponsorship and moral support I have received. I am indebted to you all. Your incredible donations have allowed me to increase my fundraising target to £15,000 - a great sum for CPT!”

John (second from the right) with family enjoying the beautiful ruins and views along Hadrian's Wall 

John at the finish point of Bowness on Solway - Well done John and team on such a fantastic achievement!

If you would like to read more of John’s story or support his fundraising please visit his fundraising page.

If you feel inspired by John’s Story and would like to organise your own fundraising challenge please contact George to find out how we can support you.