The 2016 Alex Flynn Award Nominees All of our 2016 nominees were chosen by friends and family who were inspired by their incredible efforts and commitment throughout the year. The competition was extremely close and we would like to thank everyone for their time, enthusiasm, energy and commitment - we are extremely grateful. Isla Leckie Along with her friend Maggie, 11 year old Isla Leckie spent much of her summer holidays planning and hosting several fundraising events in honour of her grandfather. As if that didn’t keep her busy enough, Isla also found time to bravely swim the width of Loch Ness. With 6 degree temperatures and the prospect of bumping into Nessie to contend with, Isla showed unbelievable courage and determination. A huge thank you to Isla, who bravely undertook a challenge that most adults would be scared of! Garth Ravenhill After being diagnosed with Parkinson’s several years ago, Garth took on his first ever marathon for CPT at the Virgin Money London Marathon 2016. He raised considerable awareness and was even interviewed by the BBC ahead of his challenge. Garth said “I've never really run before and to do this would be a personal victory against this disease.” A very much deserved nomination – thank you Garth for taking on such a difficult challenge for CPT. Shona Gladstone Shona signed up for the London to Paris cycling challenge to raise funds for CPT when her mother was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. She got very inventive with her fundraising ideas, and collected sponsorship by sitting in a bath tub and allowing the children at her school to shower with her baked beans and custard! She received considerable coverage on the local radio and newspapers and smashed her fundraising target. Thank you Shona for being such an imaginative and dedicated fundraiser. Jamie Allinson Jamie went to great efforts to spread awareness about Parkinson’s in his place of work. He also took his own personal fundraising to the next level! He signed up for the Killarney Adventure Race and trained every day for 10 months to prepare for the challenge, which featured mountain running, kayaking and cycling. Jamie injured himself very early on in the event, but he powered through and made it to the finish line! Thank you Jamie for bravely completing such a difficult challenge and raising funds for CPT. David & Clare Ridler Since David’s father sadly passed away with Parkinson’s, David and his wife Clare have raised thousands of pounds for CPT by hosting annual golf days. They work tirelessly to spread awareness amongst their own personal networks and they dedicate themselves selflessly to planning their fantastic events. Thank you so much David and Clare for continuing to support CPT each year and raising the vital funds needed to find a cure for Parkinson’s. Margaret Boyd-Wallis Margaret bravely published an open and honest account of her own Parkinson’s diagnosis in a booklet called ‘Reaching for the Lily Leaf’. She circulated this around the world, and readers responded by making donations to CPT in her honour. Margaret uses every opportunity available to her to spread awareness about Parkinson’s to everyone she meets. Her writing brings ‘comfort, joy and hope to those who read it’. Thank you so much Margaret for spreading the word about CPT in such personal way.