Brett Burgess to take on Downton Abbey 10km race for Parkinson’s UK

Brett Burgess
Brett Burgess

A man with Parkinson’s Disease is ready to run 10km for charity in the grounds of ITV’s Downton Abbey.

Brett Burgess, 38, will take on the fundraising challenge at Highclere Castle near Newbury in Berkshire on Sunday April 25. He hopes to raise £300 for Parkinson’s UK.

Mr Burgess’ wife, Claire, and his best friend Sam Bates will also be among the several hundred lining up to take on the run.

The aim of the event is to raise money to help people with Parkinson’s. Runners are asked to aim at raising £100, but there is no minimum sum.

Mr Burgess, from Milton Keynes, said: “I wanted to take part in an event to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson’s UK and Run Highclere seems like the perfect fit. I have been training for the run in a local gym, and I’m looking forward to the achievement of completing the run and raising as much as I can, so Parkinson’s UK can continue with their vital research work to find a cure.”

All runners will have race times recorded using chip technology. They will also receive a medal and a free t-shirt.

There will also be a kids’ fun run at 10.30am before the adults run at 11am.

Director of Fundraising at Parkinson’s UK, Paul Jackson-Clark, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Brett for taking on this special challenge and would like to wish him the best of luck.”

To sponsor him visit his online fundraising page at