We want our legacy to be a world without Parkinson’s

A gift in your Will could help us achieve this.

Parkinson’s is a neurological disorder affecting around 127,000 people in the UK alone and yet symptoms are still treated with the same group of drugs we have had for 50 years. There is currently no approved treatment which can even slow down, let alone reverse or cure the condition.

The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) was set up in 2005 by four people living with the Parkinson's. It has one bold aim – to cure Parkinson’s. CPT funds innovative projects and inspirational scientists; we are dedicated to beating Parkinson’s through research, specifically driving towards treatments that can slow, stop or reverse Parkinson’s .

Leaving us a gift in your Will can help us to plan for the future, funding ground-breaking research and making an impact on the lives of those living with this debilitating condition.

A legacy need not be in the form of money. Stocks and shares, works of art or other assets such as property are all of significant value to us. Whichever way you may choose to leave us a bequest, you have our assurance that you are making a significant difference to the future of those living with Parkinson’s.

In 2014, a generous supporter whose name was Minnie left The Cure Parkinson's Trust a large sum from the sale of her house in her Will. Minnie’s incredible legacy went towards funding our Simvastatin trial which is part of our Linked Clinical Trails (LCT) programme. The LCT initiative identifies potential new treatments to slow, stop and reverse Parkinson’s by repurposing drugs that have been approved to treat other conditions. With Minnie’s support the Simvastatin trial is now underway in centres across the country in people living with Parkinson’s with the hope that it could become an effective treatment in the near future.

If you yourself are left a legacy and wish to make a difference you can remember a loved one whilst also helping us to fund innovative research into treatments that have the potential to slow, stop or reverse Parkinson’s.

Andrew is one of CPT’s incredible supporters. He was diagnosed with Parkinson’s nearly 10 years ago and since 2008 has enthusiastically supported the work of the charity. When his Mother left him and his late sister a legacy in her Will they decided to donate a portion of this to The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. Their Mother’s legacy helped us to fund the recent GDNF (Glial cell-Derived Neurotrophic Factor) trial. GDNF is a growth factor that is naturally produced inside the brain and supports the survival of many types of brain cells including dopamine-producing cells which are lost in Parkinson’s. In previous research GDNF has shown potential in reversing the course of the disease in people living with Parkinson’s. We are hoping the results from the trial will be published at the start of next year.
Andrew commented,

We didn’t tell my mother about my Parkinson’s diagnosis because we felt that her health was not sufficiently robust for her to be able to take such news. Had she known, we are sure she would have donated in her lifetime to The Cure Parkinson’s Trust as generously as she could. So when my mother died, my sister and I agreed to make up for lost time and make a donation in her name in order to contribute to some of the exciting and ground-breaking research being funded by The Cure Parkinson’s Trust towards finding a cure.

Like Minnie and Andrew, if you choose to leave us a legacy gift, you will be helping us to drive Parkinson’s research with the potential to make a significant difference to the future lives of those living with this debilitating condition. 

What can you do?

To leave us a gift in your Will, you simply need to include details of this planned donation in your Will. This can be done by writing a Will, by making an amendment or ‘codicil’ to an existing Will or by setting up a Trust.

We have partnered with 'Farewill' who can help create a Will for you at no charge and with no obligations.

You will need to have our charity name and number to leave a Gift. Please also see our Jargon page which we hope might help you decipher some of the terminology associated with this process.

Full charity name: The Cure Parkinson's Trust.
Registered Charity Number: 1111816 (England & Wales) and SCO44368 (Scotland)

For more information, please contact Theresa Samworth

e:  [email protected]

t:  0207 487 3892