Since the launch of his fundraising mission in February this year, Tim Daber has worked tirelessly towards raising funds and awareness of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT). His official launch party, which included a lively auction, began proceedings by raising over £15,000. The following months saw a wine tasting event, a tennis club quiz night and Tim securing CPT as a beneficiary at the Oundle Classic Bike Rally. At the heart of Tim’s mission, however, is his 60/60 walk: a four day trek covering over 60 miles round the North Norfolk coast in conjunction with his 60th birthday. Tim and his team completed the walk at the end of August, and the amount raised has now reached more than £68,500, an incredible amount which will go towards CPT’s International Linked Clinical Trials research programme.

Here Tim describes the 60/60 walk:

“After four days of walking the team reached its destination in Hunstanton on Tuesday 21st August, having covered all 63 miles of the Norfolk Coast Path starting in Sea Palling. Nine walkers completed all four days and a further 30 participated in part of the walk. There was a warm welcome in store at the Hunstanton Tennis Week, where The Cure Parkinson’s Trust was their nominated charity of the year.

 I have just been blown away by the generosity shown to us. The Walk has been a humbling and emotional experience. The team members met many people along the way whose lives had been touched by Parkinson’s and who gave generously. At West Runton we were even invited into the charming Sea View Cafe and given tea as well as the proprietors making a cash donation.

I think that I speak for all of us in saying that we got an enormous feeling of achievement from the exercise and that any blisters or pain or tiredness were small prices to pay. There was a tremendous spirit of camaraderie between team members, including our indispensable support crew. Old acquaintances were renewed and new friendships forged. In addition we were treated to the stunning and varied scenery of the Norfolk Coast. It was an experience that we will all remember for a long time.”

Tim and the team were joined at Blakeney by TV personality Gordon Burns who walked with Tim to Morston. Gordon said “Congratulations Tim. A fantastic effort and well done all those who walked with you. So meticulously organised too. Doctors say Parkinson’s can be cured with more research. You have played a big part in moving towards that goal with the huge amount of money you’ve raised. You should be so proud of yourself as we are of you. Brilliant.”

Among the participants in the fourth and final day of walking was best selling author BA Paris, whose titles include Behind Closed Doors, Bring Me Back and The Break Down. BA Paris said: “It was a joy to meet so many lovely people, all brought together by Tim for such a wonderful cause. Huge congratulations for everything you’ve achieved, Tim, not only for walking sixty miles in four days but also for raising over £60,000 for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust.”

A special reception was hosted by the historic venue Congham Hall near King’s Lynn, to celebrate Tim’s achievements and to thank all those who supported him on this journey. Nicholas Dickinson, owner of the stunning hotel, commented: "We are absolutely delighted to have been able to recognise Tim's wonderful achievement in this way, and show our support not only  for The Cure Parkinson's Trust, but for this splendid north Norfolk community effort.”

Tim leading the way on the Coastal Path!

We are on the right route!

Celebrations with the team!

Beautiful scenery en route

Tim with TV personality Gordon Burns

Tim presents CPT with his cheque at Congham Hall

If you would like to support Tim you can text the code CPTR60 followed by £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10 to 70070.

You can read more about Tim’s story here or follow his fundraising adventure on his 60/60 Walk for The Cure Parkinson’s Trust Facebook page.

If you feel inspired and would like to organise your own walking challenge for CPT please contact George to discuss ideas and find out how we can support you.