There were plenty of reasons to be cheerful at the meeting of the Leighton Buzzard branch of Parkinson’s UK on Monday, September 16 when the news was announced of a major fundraising feat by the son of one of its members.
Philip Randall and a friend, Chris Barrett, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania in February of this year and subsequently raised £4,946 for Parkinson’s UK. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the climb was much more difficult than had been expected, with one member of the group having to turn back.
At the recent branch meeting, Philip’s father, Derek, made a ceremonial presentation to the president of the branch, Andrew Selous MP, who was making one of his pre-planned visits. Philip’s mother, Joyce, is the branch welfare officer.
The money was raised jointly by Philip and Chris, with considerable donations being made by Philip’s employer, Computacenter in Hatfield, as well as the Nationwide in Northampton, where Philip is currently being seconded to work.
The Leighton Buzzard branch of Parkinson’s UK meets on the third Monday of every month at the St George’s Court care home at the end of St George’s Close. For more information about the branch, telephone the chairman, Ron Artis, on 01582 667483.