Natalie and Fraser, 2 employees of The Access Group, nominated us as charity of the year after their fathers were diagnosed with Parkinson's.
The entire company got involved with fundraising efforts. From walks and hikes to skydives, cycles and even a glamourous ball, The Access Group went above and beyond to raise as much money as possible for the Parkinson's community. Even their CEO, Chris Bayne, got involved by letting people throw pies in his face, and taking on an epic cycle from London to Bruges.
In just 12 months, through a combination of employee fundraising, match-funding by the business and grants from The Access Foundation, the group donated an incredible £995,201 to the charity. This funding will go to support our ongoing work to drive forward research and help fund new nursing posts around the UK.
Natalie said: "Wow, what a year! When I got the call to let me know that Parkinson’s UK had been selected as our charity of the year in the UK, I could have never imagined how big a success it would be.
"We have smashed all our fundraising targets, thanks to our employees in the UK, and this donation is going to help change so many lives of families like mine and Fraser’s who have been so touched by everyone’s efforts this year."
Fraser said: "The giving back culture at Access is like no other. It has been a truly humbling experience due to my close connection to Parkinson’s and I can’t put into words how much the money raised will help families through delivering support of key information, funding nurses, and most importantly research into groundbreaking new treatments. All of which we have benefited from as a family.
"A massive thank you to everyone at Access who raised money for Parkinson’s UK this year, big or small and The Access Group for matching every penny raised."
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