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Current fundraising by members and friends

Branch members and supporters set themselves exciting challenges to raise funds!

Catriona treks Mount Toubkal

During September Catriona, daughter of our long-standing members Roy and Helen Hamlet, trekked Mount Toubkal in Morocco. At over 4,000 metres it is the highest peak in the Atlas Mountains and the whole of north Africa. She invites sponsorship for Parkinson’s UK. You can learn more, and donate if you wish, on her fundraising page at this link.

In 2019 Catriona trekked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu and raised over £3,000 for Parkinson’s UK.

Visit this link for up-to-date pictures from Catriona’s Morocco trek.

Anya Starling’s epic swims



Many of you will know Hanne and Jeremy Starling, who have been Branch members for many years. Their daughter Anya has teamed-up with Positively Parkinson’s to raise money for Cure Parkinson’s through a series of truly remarkable swimming challenges. Anya’s efforts in the Lake District on Saturday 15 July 2023 were arduous but successful: a 14,009m swim in 4 hours and 46 minutes in extremely squally conditions. She plans to be part of a team of 10 swimming all the way around the Isle of Wight in relay, which will take around 35 hours.

You can learn more about this amazing challenge on the Positively Parkinson’s website, and donate to Anya’s fundraising on her JustGiving page. There is also a flyer with more information that you can view or download at this link.

Stan and Sophie’s Triathlon

Our member Fred Probyn’s granddaughter Sophie and her partner Stan attempted their first triathlon at Dorney Lake on 16 July, raising money for Parkinson’s UK. You can read their lovely story, and donate if you wish, on their fundraising page at this link.

Interesting fundraising outside our Branch

Sam Smith

Samuel Smith

Guitarist Sam Smith was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at age 44. It spurred him on to create an album with famous artists which was released on 28 June. The full story is here on the BBC website.