In celebration of her 75th birthday, Barbara Thompson - a long time friend of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) - held a fantastic afternoon of music and food in the garden of her home in Surrey on Saturday 27 July in support of CPT.

The wonderful event named the Ridgway Mini-Fest (pictured above) saw over 100 guests join saxophonist Barbara and her family to enjoy musical performances from six world class acts including The Zombies, It Had to be Two, James Litherland’s Swamp Ash, Brainstorm, Barbara’s daughter Ana Gracey and Barbara’s jazz-fusion group Paraphernalia.

Guests were also treated to afternoon tea followed by a delicious curry supper kindly donated by the local curry house, a fantastic raffle as well as a jazz & blues jam which saw musicians and guests join together for an improvised performance. 

This wonderful event raised an amazing £2,100 for CPT's pioneering research into a cure for Parkinson’s. CPT would like to say a huge thank you to Barbara and her family and to everyone who took part and attended this fantastic afternoon. We are so grateful for all your support and we wish you Barbara congratulations and many happy returns for your 75th year! 

Rod Argent of The Zombies

Colin Blunstone of The Zombies

Paraphernalia's Tom Riddle

Alex Rizos of Brainstorm

Nadine André of It Had to be Two

James Litherland's Swamp Ash

The delicious afternoon tea

Barbara Thompson

Ana Gracey

Paraphernalia's Billy Thompson

Paul Cavaciuti of It Had to be Two

Barbara & daughter Ana

Photo credit: Roland Daniells