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Meet our corporate partners

We'd like to thank all of our existing and previous partners for supporting us. We couldn't do our vital work without you.

Aberdeen Asset Management

  • Aberdeen Asset Management logoType of partnership: sponsorship of a Parkinson's local adviser
  • Duration: 2008-ongoing

Global investors Aberdeen Asset Management are currently sponsoring one of our Parkinson's local advisers, Marion Lorimer.

Operating in 25 countries, they are an investment management provider for both companies and private investors.

Supporting a vital service

Marion provides much needed one-to-one information and emotional support to people with Parkinson's, their families and carers in the Aberdeen and Grampian area.

The huge geographical area that Marion covers has a population of around 500,000 people, with 1 in 500 living with Parkinson's. This provides an idea of how large a task Marion faces.

Without the support of Aberdeen Asset Management, Marion would not be able to provide this vital service.

Annapurna Recruitment

  • Annapurna Recruitment's logoType of partnership: charity partner
  • Duration: 2016-ongoing

Annapurna Recruitment has chosen to support Parkinson's UK as one of their charity partners.

Based in London and Munich, Annapurna is a recruitment service aiming to be the world's leading responsible search firm.

Aiming to raise £30,000

Annapurna will be aiming to make the first year of the partnership count, raising £30,000 for Parkinson’s UK, with the London Marathon set to be the highlight of 2017. Five runners from Annapurna will take on the challenge of beating last year’s total of almost £22,000.

Alongside fundraising, Annapurna will be utilising their recruitment expertise to help cut costs and provide pro bono support to our HR department.

Building on support from 2016

The partnership builds on previous donations from Annapurna, with £5,000 donated to Sky Sports Presenter Dave Clark's Coast to Coast challenge. Dave was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2011, and in September 2016 completed the 200-mile walk.

Charlie Appleyard, founder and director, and friend of Dave Clark, tells us more: "We are delighted to have Parkinson's UK as part of the Annapurna Giving initiative. It's a cause very close to our heart. The charity do fantastic work.”

Association for Public Service Excellence (APSE)

  • Type of partnership: longstanding corporate partner
  • Duration: 2008-ongoing

The Association for Public Service Excellence has been a loyal supporter of Parkinson's UK since 2008.

A not-for-profit organisation, APSE is dedicated to promoting excellence in the delivery of services to local communities, including school meals, parks and housing and building maintenance.

APSE brings together some 23,000 officers and councillors across 300 local authorities in the UK, raising money through events, awards and charity dinners.

Raising an incredible total

As of May 2017, APSE had raised an impressive £45,000 for Parkinson’s UK. We're thrilled that APSE are so committed to supporting us, and dedicated to ensuring that no one has to face Parkinson's alone.

Athenaeum Hotel

  • Athenaeum logoType of partnership: strategic partnership
  • Duration: 2016

In January 2015, following an introduction from Credit Suisse, Parkinson's UK formed a strategic partnership with the Athenaeum Hotel - a first for both organisations.

The Athenaeum, a small, family-owned 5-star hotel located in Mayfair, London, is recognised as one of the best hotels in the world.

Both organisations share similar values and provide each other with a mutually beneficial business partnership.

Supporting the Parkinson's UK Business Network

The Athenaeum provides free meeting space for Parkinson's UK corporate cultivation events, and is the first official sponsor of the Parkinson's UK Business Network in London.

The hotel hosts the London Business Network's monthly meetings, bringing individuals across the business community together to raise awareness of Parkinson's UK and our vital work.

We look forward to developing our partnership as we work alongside one another.

Ashfords

  • Ashfords Law firm logoType of partnership: charity of the year
  • Duration: 2016

We’re delighted that leading UK law firm Ashfords selected Parkinson’s UK as their Charity of the Year for 2016. Ashfords helped raise an incredible £150,000 through innovative initiatives - from social media campaigns to black tie charity balls – alongside matched funding, additional fundraising and pro bono legal advice.

Ashfords are a national provider of legal and professional services with 76 partners and over 500 staff across 6 offices in England.

2016 was the most successful year in the history of Ashfords' Charity of the Year, raising more money than ever before.

Supporting the confidential helpline

Our confidential helpline provides free, confidential support to anyone affected by Parkinson's.

Ashfords' support enabled us to continue providing this vital service throughout 2016, from covering the costs of the Benefits and Employment team, to paying for the running of our freephone telephone number.

Ian Savage, our Corporate Relationships Manager said: "We can't thank Ashfords enough. Their support and efforts throughout 2016 has exceeded all our expectations, and led to a phenomenal fundraising total. With their support, we can ensure that no one has to face Parkinson's alone."

Putting the fun in fundraising

Ashfords' employees got stuck into fundraising and raising awareness in a number of ways, from jumping through mud at Tough Mudder and organising pumpkin carving, to supporting Ashfords’ very own band, The Outlaws, at the inaugural Battle of the Bands event.

Ashfords’ CEO, Garry Mackay, commented: "Whether it was the Battle of the Bands, cake sales or people paying to make me swim in the dark freezing cold waters of the Thames, the level of support and engagement has been unbelievable.

Parkinson’s UK is such an important and worthwhile cause, and is something that I know is very personal to a number of people. We hope that the money we have raised helps people with Parkinson's to manage the disease, and eradicate it altogether in the future."

Visit Ashfords to find out more about their corporate social responsibility and our charity partnership.

BBC Lifeline Appeal

  • BBC Lifeline Appeal logoType of partnership: charity partner
  • Duration: May 2013

Parkinson's UK was selected by the BBC to feature on its monthly Lifeline Appeal programme for May 2013.

Our Parkinson's nurses appeal was the featured appeal, which aims to ensure that everyone affected by Parkinson's has access to this specialist care.

BPX

  • BPX logoType of partnership: charity of the year
  • Duration: 2016

BPX chose to support Parkinson's UK as one of its Charities of the Year for 2016.

BPX has built a reputation as a specialist technical distributor of electrical, electronic and pneumatic products, that are used within control systems and machinery. To date, BPX has delivered services to more than 10,000 customers in 9 branches throughout England.

50th anniversary celebrations

2016 marked BPX's 50th anniversary. To combine celebrating with fundraising, BPX hosted a summer garden party to support the vital work of Parkinson's UK.

BPX staff also took part in a number of fundraising events, such as sponsored walks, dress-down days, raffles and even a Tough Mudder challenge.

Briggs Equipment

  • Briggs Equipment logoType of partnership: charity of the year
  • Duration: 2014-2015

Following a staff vote, Briggs Equipment selected Parkinson's UK as their 2014-15 charity of the year.

Briggs Equipment - based in the West Midlands and with a network of over 1,400 employees around the UK - is a company dedicated to providing the best service and support in the materials handling industry.

raising awareness of Parkinson's

The year-long partnership, launched in July 2014, saw Briggs Equipment raise £28,175* for Parkinson’s UK. This money helped support those who are affected by Parkinson’s and raise awareness of the condition.

Parkinson’s UK also helped spread awareness, with Information and Support workers from the West Midlands delivering 'Lunch and Learn' sessions to help staff at Briggs Equipment learn more about Parkinson’s, and what we’re doing to support people affected.

Fundraising fun

Briggs Equipment engaged its staff all around the country, going the extra mile and fundraising in a variety of ways, from spinning events and mud runs, to dress down days and Christmas raffles. Every penny is helping to support our vital work.

*This includes matched giving provided by Parkinson's UK donor, The Monument Trust.

Caring Homes

  • Caring Homes logoType of partnership: charity of the year
  • Duration: 2013-2014

Caring Homes selected Parkinson’s UK, along with Diabetes UK, as its charitable partner for 2013 to 2014.

Homes in the Caring Homes group worked together to raise as much money as possible for both charities from July 2013 to March 2014.

Caring Homes is one of the most respected care home operators in the UK, providing quality, award-winning residential, nursing and specialist dementia care to elderly people. 

Caring homes' commitment to partnerships

As part of its caring philosophy, Caring Homes has established a series of partnerships with charities doing important work in the area of eldery care.

Parkinson's uk - Great Night In

Caring Homes supported Parkinson’s Awareness Week by taking part in our Great Night In.

The organisation asked its staff, residents and relatives for their idea of a Great Night In, and put their fantastic ideas, themes and recipes together in a handy guide to help them host the perfect party.

This guide was made available in all Caring Homes locations, and all proceeds from the sales went to Parkinson’s UK.

Credit Suisse

  • Credit Suisse logoType of partnership: charity of the year
  • Duration: 2014

Parkinson's UK was the Credit Suisse Charity of the Year partner in 2014, raising a record-breaking £1.2million.

In a 12-year history of Credit Suisse Charity of the Year partnerships, Parkinson's UK was the first to raise in excess of £1million. The legacy of our partnership is the funding of:

  • groundbreaking research as part of the world's most detailed study of Parkinson's dementia to help future generations
  • Parkinson's nurses who provide specialist care to thousands of people with Parkinson's
  • the London Information Support Service, providing a vital lifeline to people affected by Parkinson's in the London area. This includes contributing to the funding of our confidential helpline (0808 800 0303), promoting and supporting information and support workers (now Parkinson's local advisers), and providing people with Parkinson's with free, up-to-date information resources and publications about the condition

Our relationship with Credit Suisse continues as we work together to:

  • continue to provide one-to-one support for Credit Suisse employees affected by Parkinson's
  • engage Credit Suisse employees with Parkinson's UK volunteering opportunities
  • use Credit Suisse expertise to provide advice and consultancy for future Parkinson's UK corporate fundraising opportunities
  • mutually provide staff training opportunities
  • provide Parkinson's UK speakers for Credit Suisse events
  • provide Credit Suisse employees with the opportunity to visit research facilities

Cult Screens

  • cult screens logoType of partnership: charity partner
  • Duration: ongoing

We're thrilled to have partnered with Cult Screens – unique and exciting outdoor film experiences, with venues across the UK.

Cult Screens is generously donating 10% of all its bar profits to Parkinson’s UK. Audiences can also donate when they purchase tickets online or buy food and drink at the venues.

Founded in 2013, the Reading based organisation shows cult classics and recent blockbusters on large, HD screens, with deck chairs, cushions and bean bags to sit on.

Find out more by visiting the Cult Screens website.  

Domino's

  • Domino's and Full House logoType of partnership: charity of the year
  • Duration: April 2017-April 2018

Domino's franchise, Full House Restaurants Holdings Limited, will be partnering with us until April 2018.

The UK-wide franchise of 43 pizza restaurants is owned by John Shedden, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2016, aged 69. John and his team of 2,000 staff aim to raise £100,000 for our We Won’t Wait research campaign by donating a percentage of sales from a charity pizza.

From 24 April 2017, every menu sent from one of John's Domino's stores will promote the campaign, with 50p from a large, 30p from a medium and 15p from a small Deluxe pizza being donated to Parkinson's UK.

FIND YOUR NEAREST STORE

Check out your local store's Facebook page – stop in to order your Deluxe pizza and maybe write a thank you on your store's Facebook wall for supporting Parkinson's UK.

Industry coalition

  • Type of partnership: strategic partnership
  • Duration: 2009-ongoing

In 2009, Parkinson's UK entered into a mutually beneficial partnership with 9 industry partners - mainly pharmaceutical giants. The coalition aims to increase engagement and create a forum, to share good practice amongst health and social care professionals who work with people with Parkinson's.

Working together with industry professionals

Together, Parkinson's UK and the coalition partners aim to reach more health professionals and encourage a multi-disciplinary dialogue, so that everyone is better informed about Parkinson’s, aware of available training, and equipped to improve Parkinson’s services.

Inner Wheel

  • Type of partnership: strategic partnership
  • Duration: 2015-2016

The Association of Inner Wheel Clubs in Great Britain and Ireland selected Parkinson's UK as their official charity partner for 2015-2016, raising a total of more than £100,000.

Finding a cure for parkinson's

President Trish Douglas chose Parkinson's UK to be her beneficiary charity on 1 July 2015.

Trish feels passionate about finding a cure for Parkinson's as her late husband was affected by the condition.

Inner Wheel is one of the largest women's voluntary service organisations in the world, with members in 103 countries.

There are currently 730 clubs in Great Britain and Ireland, divided into 29 Districts with approximately 19,000 members.

LGC Group

  • LGC logoType of partnership: charity of the year
  • Duration: 2014

On Parkinson’s Awareness Day 2014, we announced that the LGC Group had chosen Parkinson’s UK as its charity of the year for 2014.

Based in Middlesex, LGC provides a wide range of scientific services to growing markets around the world, and is the world’s largest private provider of forensic science services to the criminal justice system.

With offices and laboratories around the UK and sites across Europe, the US, Brazil, China and India - employing over 2,000 people - LGC have a truly international presence.

Vital funds raised

LGC’s UK and International offices raised £30,000 to help fund research into ‘Tracking Parkinson’s’ - the world's largest ever in-depth study of people with Parkinson's, which aims to speed up our search for a cure.

The support of LGC is helping us to continue to fund this vital research project, improving the lives of millions of people with Parkinson’s around the world.

Majestic Wine

  • Majestic Wine logoType of partnership: charity of the year
  • Duration: 2010

We were delighted that Majestic Wine selected Parkinson's UK as its charity of the Year for 2010.

By working together we developed a range of engaging and interactive activities, including a Christmas-themed party in January, a boat cruise down the Thames, and a bespoke marathon in the French vineyards of Bordeaux.

National Garden Scheme

  • National Garden Scheme logoType of partnership: charity partner
  • Duration: 2013-ongoing

We're delighted to be a beneficiary of the National Garden Scheme, a charity that raises funds by opening gardens to the public.

Every year more than 3,700 inspiring gardens across England and Wales are opened, attracting over 500,000 visitors. Since its creation in 1927, the scheme has given more than £50 million to nursing and caring charities.

We're honoured to be the first guest charity in their 90 year history to become a permanent partner.

To date, our partnership has raised an incredible £772,000* to provide vital care to some of the 127,000 people living with Parkinson's in the UK.

Visit an open garden near you

It’s easy to support our partnership. Visit the National Garden Scheme website to find a garden opening near you, and enjoy!

Gardens to visit 2017

Gardens To Visit 2017 is your essential county-by-county guide to the inspiring and often secret gardens in England and Wales, that open to the public for the scheme.

The guide contains details of thousands of gardens including directions and admission prices, as well as opening dates and times.

The 2017 edition is now available to order, and as a Parkinson's UK supporter you can buy the book for just £9 (originally £11.99). To claim your discount enter PKGVH17 at checkout. Please allow 7-14 days for delivery and longer for European or Worldwide destinations.

*This includes matched giving provided by Parkinson's UK donor, The Monument Trust.

Nintendo

  • Nintendo logoType of partnership: strategic partnership
  • Duration: 2010-2012

Our groundbreaking partnership with Nintendo from 2010-2012 gave Parkinson's UK the opportunity to collaborate with an internationally recognised commercial brand.

The partnership communicated the benefits of the Nintendo Wii games console for people with Parkinson's.

Media exposure

We were also featured in Nintendo's national TV advertising campaign which aired during November and December 2010, and featured a person with Parkinson's.

In print media, the synergy of the partnership was further displayed through an interview with Dame Helen Mirren.

We have commissioned research to further understand the benefits of the Wii and how it can help people with Parkinson's. 

Pitt Cue

  • Pitt CueType of partnership: charity partner
  • Duration: November 2017 - 2018

Pitt Cue, a city-based restaurant famous for its barbequed and smoked mangalizta pig, is encouraging people to Pig Out for Parkinson’s. The restaurant is raising money for Parkinson’s UK from November 2017 till February 2018 by adding a £1 donation onto customer’s bills.

In 2018 they are also holding two events in aid of Parkinson’s UK:

  • Halloween Day of the Dead Mezcal Festival:  To experience this carnival of the macabre, customers purchase a ticket with proceeds going to Parkinson’s UK and enjoy a mezcals flight, one-off mezcal cocktails, a whole roast pig and Day of the Dead face painting.
  • Small Batch Brew Festival: Customers can purchase a pass to sample their small brew beers, with a donation from the ticket going to Parkinson’s UK.

Please watch this space for further event information and dates, or visit their website.

Professional Darts Corporation (PDC)

  • Professional Darts Corporation logoType of partnership: charity of the year
  • Duration: 2016

In 2016 we joined forces with the Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) for a year-long partnership with the aim of raising vital funds for research into a cure for Parkinson's

Thousands of PDC fans donated to the 'Targeting Parkinson's' fundraisers, organised by an army of almost 300 Parkinson’s UK volunteers at 19 PDC events across the UK.

As well as tournament fundraisers, generous donations came from sponsors Betway, BetVictor and William Hill, who pledged £9,000 for every 9-darter thrown at the William Hill World Championships.

The stars of the darts world got behind the partnership by donating unique sporting memorabilia and participating in a silent auction at the PDC Annual Awards Dinner – an event which alone raised £18,000 for research.

Parkinson’s UK was chosen as the PDC’s official charity partner in part thanks to our close relationship with Sky Sports presenter Dave Clark, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's in 2011.

In September 2016, Dave took on his own personal challenge, walking 200 miles from coast to coast with the support of friends, family and Sky Sports.

Together, the generosity of the darts community raised an incredible £200,000 for research into better treatments, and ultimately a cure for Parkinson’s.

About the PDC

The Professional Darts Corporation is the leading professional body in the sport, with £11 million in prize money being paid out on its global circuit of tournaments.

The William Hill World Championship, held at London’s Alexandra Palace, sees 66,000 fans attend across Christmas and New Year. The 2016-17 fans at this tournament donated more than £8,700 to Parkinson’s UK.

Find out more about PDC on their website.

Sportif Magazine

  • Sportif Magazine logoType of partnership: strategic partnership
  • Duration: 2015-ongoing

In May 2015, Parkinson's UK partnered with cycling publication Sportif Magazine

A specialist in cyclosportives and challenge rides, Sportif Magazine has been instrumental in the success of the first Parkinson's UK corporate cultivation challenge, Ventoux³

The 2015 cycling event was attended by Josephine Marsh from Sportif Magazine, who reported on the first annual event.

Following the success of the first year, we are delighted that Sportif Magazine has become a strategic sponsor and official advertiser of Ventoux³.

Sportif Magazine will be continuing to provide advice and reporting on the event, helping Parkinson's UK grow the corporate cultivation challenge.

Find out how you can get involved in the Ventoux³ challenge.

Visit the Sportif Magazine website.

Stannah

  • Stannah logoType of partnership: commercial 
  • Duration: 2010-ongoing

Stannah is a trusted designer and manufacturer of stairlifts. We've teamed up with them to offer our members a 10% discount on all purchases of new or reconditioned Stannah stairlifts. Parkinson's UK also receives a donation from every sale.

Stannah and Parkinson's UK are both committed to offering products that allow people with Parkinson's to live as independently as possible.

About your stairlift

  • In order to tailor the stairlift exactly to your needs, Stannah will visit your home to take your measurements and those of your staircase.
  • If they don't think a stairlift is suitable for you or your home, they'll let you know - you'll have no obligation to purchase.
  • Stannah also have centres throughout the UK where you can try their products before you buy.

Claiming your discount

  • Call Stannah's Freephone number on 0800 715 346 to arrange a visit from a friendly consultant.
  • Quote your Parkinson's UK membership number and reference number 169 to activate your 10% discount.

Stonegate Pub Company (Midlands division)

  • Stonegate Pub CompanyType of partnership: charity partner
  • Duration: April 2017-September 2018

Stonegate Pub Company (Midlands Division) is partnering with Parkinson’s UK until the end of September 2017.

We won't wait Campaign

More than 120 Midlands-based community pubs - owned by the UK’s largest independent pub company - have joined forces to raise £65,000 for the We Won’t Wait research campaign, by challenging each pub to raise £500.

The pubs decided to get on-board after a vote, as one of their colleagues shared their personal experiences as a relative of someone living with Parkinson's.

A variety of activity

From traditional pub quizzes, music festivals and sweepstakes, to an Ibiza-themed beach party (with imported sand), there will be plenty of opportunities for staff and customers to have fun, raise money and learn more about Parkinson’s UK.

Alyson Smith, Regional Fundraising Manager for the West of England adds: “Staff and customers at the Stonegate Pubs started their local events just after Parkinson’s Awareness Week, with such a variety of fundraising activities.

Regional fundraisers are meeting bar staff at cluster meetings to support them with their fundraising events, but just as importantly, giving them information on Parkinson’s UK and how they can support their customers with the condition”.

Thrifty Car and Van Rental

  • Thrifty Car and Van RentalType of partnership: charity of the year
  • Duration: 2015

We were thrilled that Thrifty Car and Van Rental chose to support us as their national charity of the year throughout 2015, following a successful vote of 1,500 employees.

Thrifty operates in 95 locations across the UK, with a fleet of over 12,500 cars and 4,500 vans and minibuses.

As a family business, Thrifty ensure that people remain at the heart of the company.

The year-long corporate partnership raised £26,934.24 for Parkinson's UK.

Linda Malliff, Director of Central Services said: “We’re absolutely delighted to have raised over £26,000 for Parkinson’s UK. It’s the most amount of money we’ve ever raised for a charity and we hope that it will help Parkinson’s UK in ensuring that no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.”

Thrifty staff took part in all manner of fundraising events, such as sponsored walks, dress down days and raffles, whilst the company provided a charitable donation of £1 for every rental made. 

Beyond fundraising, Thrifty provided logistical help and a supply of vehicles for a number of events, including providing the support van for Tile Giant’s London to Paris cycle challenge.

Ian Savage, our Corporate Relationships Manager who received the cheque on our behalf, adds: “We're thrilled to have received such a generous donation from Thrifty – what an incredible total. They have been so kind in their support of our charity and events throughout the year”.

Tile Giant

  • Type of partnership: charity partner
  • Duration: 2013-2015

We’re delighted that Tile Giant selected us as its sole charity partner from 2013-2016. Tile Giant raised an astonishing £250,000 through innovative charity drives, from a trek across the Great Wall of China, to pet shows.

Tile Giant is the UK's fastest growing consumer tile merchant with 115 stores nationwide and 450 staff.

We became Tile Giant's first national charity partner in 2013, with a launch at its Stoke-on-Trent store.

The support of Tile Giant has helped fund 21 new nursing posts, which means at least 6,000 more people have access to a Parkinson's nurse.

Ian Savage, our Corporate Fundraising Manager who received the cheque said: "We can’t thank Tile Giant enough. Their donation has exceeded all expectations and will go towards our appeal to provide a Parkinson's nurse for everyone who needs one, making a real difference to the lives of people affected by the condition."

Going the extra mile

Tile Giant employees took part in a variety of fundraising activities such as fun runs, golf days, cycle rides, cake sales and its annual football tournament. Tile Giant senior management went one step further by doing an epic London to Paris Cycle.

Velotec

  • Type of partnership: commercial
  • Duration: 2015

Velotec first collaborated with Parkinson's UK in 2014 for our partnership with Credit Suisse. Velotec produced bespoke kits for Credit Suisse's corporate cycling challenge from London to Zurich.

Since 2014 Velotec has also supported the Parkinson's UK partnership with Tile Giant by producing kit for its London to Paris ride in October 2015. By providing high quality, discounted sportswear, Velotec gave the event a professional image, helping raise the profile of the fundraiser and the charity.

Velotec is experienced at supplying large participation events like the Tour de Conamara and the Tour of Waterford. The company is dedicated to its core principles: good customer service, technically modern fabrics and materials, durability, fast delivery times and a low carbon footprint.

Find out how you can get involved in the Ventoux³ challenge.

For more information, visit the Velotec Website.

Wilko

  • WilkoType of partnership: charity partner
  • Duration: 2014-2015

Wilko selected Parkinson’s UK as one of its regional charitable partners for 2014 to 2015. 

Parkinson's UK was collectively chosen by team members from the Wilko stores across Hampshire, as well as stores in Surrey and London.

Wilko team members from across the region took on a range of different and exciting events throughout the year to raise money.

Having support on hand from regional fundraisers enabled the stores to raise an amazing £47,800 during the year!

Support for Parkinson's UK

Hannah O'Sullivan, Wilko Brand Charity Co-ordinator, said:

"As a family run business, charity and supporting great work within our communities has, and always will be, at the heart of everything we do at Wilko.

"We believe in doing everything we can to help people be the best that they can be. The fantastic support of our customers and team members means we are able to consistently support charities close to our hearts.

"We're extremely proud of our team members for all the hard work they put in throughout 2015 to fundraise for Parkinson's UK. Without this passion, enthusiasm and the support of our customers, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve our target."

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