Gary Shaughnessy's 2023 challenges

Our Chair Gary Shaughnessy was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2015. Every year he takes on multiple fundraising challenges and has raised over £500,000 for Parkinson’s UK and the Z Zurich Foundation. Find out what he’s doing in 2023, how you can sponsor him, and find a challenge of your own.

Liverpool to Ukraine

This special challenge saw Gary cycle 1,400 miles from Liverpool to the Ukraine border. He set off in the week leading up to the Eurovision Song Contest, which was held in Liverpool on Ukraine's behalf. 

Gary cycled around 100 miles every day for 2 weeks. On the way, he visited 50 Zurich offices, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Z Zurich Foundation. The Foundation focuses on supporting causes that benefit vulnerable people worldwide.

This year, every pound that Gary fundraises for Parkinson's UK will be matched by Z Zurich Foundation which will donate the matched money to children's aid organisation Terre des hommes. The organisation is providing psychosocial support to children who have had to flee their homes as a result of the conflict in Ukraine. 

And that's not all

In March, Gary swam 4km from Nevis to St Kitts. A month later, he completed 3 marathons in 3 very different cities: Newport, Paris and Madrid.

Gary will be getting on his bike again in June and July to cycle to the Parkinson's World Congress in Barcelona. He'll be joined by a group of 20 people with Parkinson's. 

Gary's also hoping to take part in a kayak event and a track and field event later in the year.

Take on a challenge for Parkinson's UK

Fancy jumping out of a plane or running a marathon to raise money for Parkinson's UK? Whether you're a thrill seeker or you have an idea for your own fundraising event, there's something for everyone. Choose from the options below or head to our fundraising page for more inspiration.

A message from Gary

"I’d like to thank everyone for the wonderful support I have received while undertaking my challenges.

"I get to raise funds and awareness for Parkinson’s UK, poke Parkinson’s in the eye by beating expectations, and get across a message about the benefits of all exercise in managing Parkinson’s."

Sponsor Gary's 2023 challenges

Every pound you donate will go to Parkinson's UK. The Z Zurich Foundation will also match fund your donations towards children's aid organisation Terre des hommes.