Daughter raises £8,200 for charity after dad is diagnosed with Parkinson's

A determined daughter has raised £8,200 for Parkinson’s UK after her dad was diagnosed with the disease.

Monday, 10th February 2020, 4:18 pm
Updated Monday, 10th February 2020, 4:20 pm
From left to right: Shirley Jenkins, Katy Slade, regional fundraiser at Parkinsons UK, Emma Thompson and Tony Jenkins

Emma Thompson organised a charity ball at Jury’s Inn in Milton Keynes with the support of her parents Shirley and Tony Jenkins.

She invited family, friends and local businesses and Tony, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2012, invited members from his local Masons lodge where he used to be a member.

Emma organised a raffle that raised more than £2,500 and an auction which raised over £2,000. One of the lots was a pair of boxing gloves signed and personalised by boxer David Hayes, saying 'Let's knock out Parkinson's'.

This week she has donated the money to Parkinson's UK, the leading charity driving better care, treatments and quality of life for those with the condition.

Its mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning.

Katy Slade, regional fundraiser at Parkinson’s UK, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to Emma and her family for supporting Parkinson’s UK. Our charity is entirely dependent on donations, but every penny raised at events like this takes us a step closer to finding a cure for the condition, and helps support those living with its effects.”