Fundraising Events


“All geared up for the ride of his life” (The Independent - Click here for full article)

Sunday 29th March at 13.00, James Bowthorpe took off from Hyde Park, following a countdown by family, friends, research team, patients and their spouses, fulfilling his comment “Dynamic and unique research requires an equally singular fundraising proposition”.

James is to attempting to beat the record for cycling around the world, with the intention of raising at least £1.8 million. That is £100 for each mile he cycles. This money will enable the research to proceed immediately to its next stage – a five-year multi-disciplinary groundbreaking programme into ‘Parkinson’s: What’s driving it?’

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Please make your kind donations Via the ‘Global Cycle 4 What’s Driving Parkinson’s’ site

The Globecyle launch on 19th March at the Institute of Psychiatry in London was delighted to welcome Mary Baker OBE, World Health Organisation Chair on Parkinson’s, as guest speaker. Mary knew so many members of the audience personally from her current position, being Immediate Past President and Patron of the European Parkinson’s Disease Association, and, previous to that, 18 years working at the UK Parkinson’s Disease Society, including 3 years as Chief Executive.

In a heartfelt message, she struck a deep chord with the audience talking about the psychological aspects of having parkinson’s or being a carer, in particularly the tragedy of no longer being able to make plans, big or small, knowing that one would be able to carry them through on the day.

Her urgency in facilitating a step-change in approach to unraveling what’s driving this disease was apparent. As she has repeatedly said, the means to a solution is already out there, but it requires an open-handed welcome.


James Bowthorpe, prospective globecycle record breaker, being presented with a handmade patchwork commemorative gift by Angelina Crowe from the ‘Glasgow Team’.

Fundraising centred in Huddersfield

“My son Ashley, a coach for Huddersfield Town Football Team, ran in the Great North Run to help raise money for WhatsDrivingParkinsons, his father, having been diagnosed with the disease two years before. The big day came and only three-quarters fit, he decided to go for a three-hour time in order to complete the distance. We understood his set-off time was 10.45 am. Three hours down the line, with no sign of him. Unknown to us, his start time had been 11.45 am. He arrived, much to our relief, having completed in 2 hours 50 mins. We have received the most heart-warming donations, like from my 12 year old granddaughter, Amy, who had a table-top sale amongst her friends, and the reserve football team, all still at college, who sent their match pay packets, unopened.” June Berry

The Berry family at the finishing line of the Great North Run.