In June 2020, I will be joining 45 other supporters of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) - including Patron Mike Tindall MBE and fellow Rugby World Cup winner Iain Balshaw MBE - to take on the legendary Raid Alpine to raise funds for CPT’s search for a cure for Parkinson’s.
The route will take us from the shores of Lake Geneva, across the Alps to Nice and the beautiful Mediterranean town of Antibes. 800km of distance and 19,000m of ascent (over twice the height of Mount Everest!) in 6 days is not going to be easy - especially as I've only been road cycling for a little over a year and am still a relative novice! I also tend to avoid the hills wherever possible... The team I'm cycling with also includes 6 people with Parkinson’s.
We are taking this on to raise funds for CPT’s research for a cure for Parkinson’s, a debilitating neurodegenerative disease. Many of the team I'm riding with, including Mike and Iain, have been donating to and/or raising funds for CPT for years.
There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s: CPT is dedicated to resolving that. It funds projects that have the potential to slow, stop or reverse the progression of Parkinson’s. It supports both pre-clinical research and clinical trials of promising candidate drugs. At a time of exciting new developments in Parkinson’s research, CPT believes that it is the funding of research, rather than the science, which is the main obstacle to effective new curative therapies.
Given my interest in science, my career in a company at the forefront of medical research and the impact I've seen this disease have, this feels like a cause more than worthy of my 6 days of struggle! All donations will go directly to CPT. Please support me in this rather extreme challenge and help us consign Parkinson’s to medical history.