Shifnal Golf Club in Shropshire has raised a momentous £8,565 for charity after a year of fundraising activities.
The club opted for Parkinson’s UK as the charity that would benefit from the fundraising as several members of the club are living with the condition.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological condition for which there is currently no cure.
Parkinson’s affects 145,000 people in the UK, including over 12,000 in the West Midlands. The condition develops when nerve cells that are responsible for producing a chemical known as dopamine die off. Dopamine allows messages to be sent to the parts of the brain that co-ordinate movement and with the loss of dopamine-producing nerve cells, these parts of the brain are unable to work normally, causing symptoms of Parkinson’s to appear.
Shirley Mathews, Shifnal’s ladies captain, and men’s captain Robin Pedley were instrumental in organising a variety of events to raise funds at the club.
“I am delighted that both the ladies’ and men’s captains of Shifnal Golf Club opted for Parkinson’s UK as their charity of choice for 2019,” said Alison Knott, regional fundraiser for Cheshire, Staffordshire and Shropshire at Parkinson’s UK.
“All of their hard work with the various events has paid off and culminated in the fantastic total of £8,565 being raised. We are so grateful to all the members of the golf club for their support. We wouldn’t have expected a total like this. We quite simply cannot support those with Parkinson’s without this help as we are solely funded by donations and gifts.”
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 pioneering research, information, support and campaigning.
“Nobody should have to face Parkinson’s alone – or without hope that one day we’ll find something to stop Parkinson’s in its tracks. Parkinson’s UK rely almost entirely on public donations to support its work. Every penny raised will take us a step closer to a cure for Parkinson’s. We can’t thank everyone at Shifnal Golf Club enough for their amazing support during this partnership and look forward to continue working with them in the future.”