Above from left: Iain Balshaw MBE, CPT CEO Will Cook, Simon Cooper from AEGIS London, CPT Patron Mike Tindall MBE.

Photo credit: Adrian Beeby (Luther Pendragon)

This week AEGIS London and The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) hosted a Q&A event with rugby legends Mike Tindall MBE and Iain Balshaw MBE to talk about Parkinson’s, CPT’s ground-breaking research and the extreme Coast to Coast to Cure Challenge.

AEGIS London recently announced CPT as their new charity partner, following the diagnosis of one of their members of staff, Simon Cooper. AEGIS London launched this partnership by becoming title sponsor of the Coast to Coast to Cure Challenge. This brutal cycle challenge is being taken on by 11 CPT supporters this June to raise funds for CPT's research into a cure, and the team will be joined by Patron Mike Tindall and fellow rugby legend Iain Balshaw.

At the Q&A event which was kindly hosted by MS Amlin on the 45th floor of the Leadenhall Building, nicknamed the "Cheesegrater”, Simon spoke candidly about his diagnosis and the support he has received from his colleagues at AEGIS London. The Lloyd’s of London syndicate is keen to shine a spotlight on the condition and support events like the Coast to Coast to Cure Challenge which will help fund breakthroughs in CPT’s Parkinson’s research.  

Will Cook, CEO of CPT and part of the Coast to Coast to Cure team, delivered a presentation to guests about the influence the charity has had on the Parkinson’s research arena, demonstrated by the success of our international Linked Clinical Trials (LCT) programme. Funds raised through the Coast to Coast to Cure Challenge will help us to continue investing in research, like the international LCT programme, that could change the lives of people like Simon who are living with this debilitating condition.

With the team only days away from setting off on one of the most gruelling challenges of their lives, Mike and Iain light-heartedly discussed their training preparations and the difficulties they think this challenge will bring, noting in particular the high altitude conditions the team will have to cope with. The rugby legends talked about the support they’ve received from their families who have embraced their commitment to taking on this extreme cycling challenge for an important cause. Having spent their professional careers playing as part of a team, the pair are looking forward to taking on this challenge with the other CPT cyclists and are confident their ‘team spirit’ will keep them all motivated and make for an enjoyable experience.

In the video below, Will explains the route of the Coast to Coast to Cure Challenge. The graph illustrating the steep ascents the team will face receives an hilarious reaction from Mike Tindall!




Above: Will Cook (CPT) is joined on stage by (L-R) Iain Balshaw, Mike Tindall and Simon Cooper.

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