The Cure Parkinson’s Trust, a charity with its roots in Hertfordshire, has announced England rugby legend Mike Tindall as a new Patron.
Mike’s father was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2003, and it was through his parents that Mike became aware of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT).
The Cure Parkinson’s Trust (CPT) was founded by four people living with Parkinson’s, and began as a small entity in Croxley Green.
One of these co-founders was the late Tom Isaacs, who also led the charity as President.
Tom grew up in Chorleywood and lived in Croxley Green with his wife Lyndsey until he passed away suddenly last year, though his legacy lives on as CPT continues to strive towards finding a cure for Parkinson’s.
To date, CPT has raised over £10 million for research into a cure, and has seen promising results from innovative drug trials and research projects.
Tom achieved a huge amount during his life with Parkinson’s, and left a lasting impression most of the people he met, including Mike Tindall.
“It all came through an amazing man called Tom Isaacs…who I was very fortunate to meet and play golf with on a couple of occasions,” says Mike. “He entertained me, and didn’t have a bad singing voice either.”
To mark the event, Mike and Lyndsey Isaacs, Tom’s wife who remains highly involved with the charity, visited the lab of Professor Roger Barker at The John Van Geest Centre for Brain Repair, University of Cambridge.
During his visit to the lab, Mike was shown the exciting new CPT funded research project currently being headed by Professor Barker.
The project aims to identify which drugs are most likely to slow or stop the progression of Parkinson’s through the study and transformation of patient-based “induced neuronal” cells (iNs).
A variety of drugs will be used to treat the cells to see if they can correct the processes which are not functioning properly.
Professor Barker is also currently leading an innovative cell replacement therapy study, which is part funded by CPT.
Having witnessed the life-changing effects of Parkinson’s disease first-hand, Mike is dedicated to raising money and awareness for CPT.
“I was so honoured and proud when CPT asked me to become patron,” says Mike. “What they’re doing across the board, the way they’ve managed to pull the best brains in the world together to focus on one sole problem has just been astounding.”
Mike has supported the charity for a number of years and in 2017, held a Celebrity Golf Classic at The Belfry with CPT as one of the beneficiaries.
Guests included Liverpool icon Kenny Dalglish, England cricketer Graeme Swann and F1 legend David Coulthard, as well as rugby stars Austin Healey and Iain Balshaw and television presenters Gethin Jones and Denise Van Outen.
Over £140,000 was raised for CPT and the Matt Hampson Foundation. On May 18 2018, Mike will once again invite a host of celebrity guests to tee off at The Belfry in support of CPT.
Will Cook, CEO of CPT and Chorleywood resident says: “We are delighted that Mike has agreed to take on the role of Patron of The Cure Parkinson’s Trust. He has been a great supporter and ambassador for the charity for some time: his enthusiasm and commitment to finding a cure are clear to all who meet him at our events. This charity has its roots in the local community, but now funds the most promising research carried out by neuroscientists and clinicians around the world.”