Our amazing fundraisers went the extra mile in May to raise vital funds in support of our research.

Andy and the Glen Shiel Warriors

Andy had planned to follow in the footsteps of his 85-year-old father, Jimmy, by climbing all 282 Munros (Scottish mountains over 3,000ft). But when Andy was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2021, summiting all the Munros suddenly seemed even more of a challenge.

Determined to keep his dream of climbing all the Munros alive, Andy vowed to not let Parkinson’s stand in his way. So, with around 200 already under his belt, he came up with an epic challenge; climbing the 12 Munros north of Glen Shiel in 36 hours.

On 31 May, Andy and four friends – Alan, Gary, Neil and Richie, dubbed the Glen Shiel Warriors – set off in the early hours to complete this mammoth challenge, with the team walking through rain and shine to summit the 12 Munros within the 36 hour time limit.

The Glen Shiel Warriors:

Magnificent marathon runners

Earlier in the month, on 5 May, the McCourt family (Martin, Joe, Eoin, Shannon, Tracey, Jenine, Paddy and Caroline) joined forces to complete the Belfast City Marathon. The family ran the 26.2 mile race as a relay and charity walk, and raised over double their target in support of our research!

And superstar fundraiser Katie ran the Edinburgh Marathon, battling through the wind and rain to complete the race in an incredible 3 hours and 37 minutes – congratulations, Katie!

The McCourt family (left) and Katie celebrating after their races:

A music evening in Chorleywood

Husband and wife duo Chris and Chrissie have been organising a music night in Chorleywood, Hertfordshire for a number of years now, and this year decided to hold the event in our honour. Their annual music night has become renowned within the local community and beyond, and has raised thousands for local charities. The night was certainly one to remember with guests enjoying a two-course meal prepared by West Herts College, and live music from cover band The Old Kings & Young Princesses.

The Old Kings & Young Princesses performing:

Putting in the steps for Parkinson’s

And finally, recruitment company Kinetic PLC have decided to raise funds for us throughout 2024, and kicked off their year of fundraising in May with a walking challenge. The company organised a virtual challenge to collectively walk the 1,512 mile distance between their offices in Manchester, Barnsley, Blackpool, Liverpool and Gateshead, with employees from each branch putting in the steps to reach their goal. One employee contributed 26.2 miles by taking part in the Leeds Marathon, too!

After reaching their target in just three weeks, the company have now decided to extend their challenge to 5,000 miles and currently have 3,410 miles to go.

Members of the Kinetic PLC team getting their steps in:

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