Midlands Business Group raises £1,145 for Parkinson’s UK

L-R: Kate Lazenby and Gayle Kelly

The Midlands Branch of The Pipeline Industries Guild has raised £1,145 for Parkinson’s UK from a raffle held at their annual dinner.  

The dinner took place in November last year at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena and the cheque was presented to Parkinson’s UK Regional Fundraiser Gayle Kelly, by Kate Lazenby – Chair of the Midlands Branch – at the Costain offices in Solihull, who are a member of the Guild and where Kate works.

Parkinson’s UK is 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.

Kate decided to choose Parkinson’s UK as the beneficiary for the raffle as her Great Aunt lives with the condition and has received a huge amount of support from the charity.

Kate said: “As part of my role at Costain, I was chair for the Midlands branch of The Pipeline Industries Guild for 2018.  Parkinson’s UK were instrumental in the beginning to help us understand the condition and have continued to offer support to my dear Great Aunt and to our family, so I wanted to highlight the important work the charity does.  It was a fantastic amount raised and a great night – thank you to everyone that supported this good cause!”

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure and it affects 145,000 people in the UK including over 12,000 in the West Midlands.

Parkinson’s UK estimate that there are more than 40 symptoms of the condition.  As well as the most widely known symptom – tremor – these range from physical symptoms like muscle stiffness to depression, anxiety, hallucinations, memory problems and dementia, but Parkinson’s affects everyone differently.

Gayle Kelly, Regional Fundraiser for Birmingham and the Black Country, at Parkinson’s UK said: 

“We want to say a huge thank you for supporting Parkinson’s UK.  I was most honoured to attend the dinner and to accept the cheque from Kate.  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.”

To find out how to fundraise for Parkinson’s UK visit: www.parkinsons.org.uk/fundraising.