Parkinson’s UK’s Chair of Trustees with Parkinson’s finishes epic six-day bike ride in Hastings

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Parkinson’s UK’s Chair of Trustees, Gary Shaughnessy, who is living with the condition himself, received a hero's welcome from supporters in Hastings on Saturday as he ended an epic six-day-cycle challenge from Hadrian’s Wall.

Gary, 58, who last year was awarded a CBE for his services to business and charity in the King’s first Birthday Honours List started the 592-mile ride on Saturday 26th May.

The seasoned fundraiser, who has raised over an incredible half a million pounds for PUK and other charities through various fundraising challenges, was greeted by the Hastings Parkinson’s UK support group and staff. Before retiring with the crowd to Barnaby's Lounge for a complimentary fizz reception and Italian buffet courtesy of local restaurant Rustico.

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Gary, who also chairs the board of the Z Zurich Foundation, said: “So many people don’t know what Parkinson’s is, and the challenges I take on are all about raising awareness of the condition, and also feeling more in control of my Parkinson’s.”

Gary Shaughnessy and the Together We Can TeamGary Shaughnessy and the Together We Can Team
Gary Shaughnessy and the Together We Can Team

“It was wonderful to be met by members of the Parkinson’s community today, as well as share experiences and encouragement. It has given me a much-needed incentive to keep up the challenges and fundraising.”

Gary continued: “I hope that my challenges and determination to keep active will encourage others living with Parkinson’s to get active, and will also encourage people to donate towards research that could lead to a cure.”

Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world, and currently there is no cure. It affects around 153,000 people in the UK and every hour two more people are diagnosed. There are over 40 symptoms, from tremor and pain to anxiety.

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Being active for 2.5 hours a week can help manage Parkinson’s symptoms, and has a positive impact both physically and mentally.

Gary arrival in HastingsGary arrival in Hastings
Gary arrival in Hastings

Ruth Wright, Community Fundraiser, South West, said: “We are incredibly grateful to Gary for all his fundraising efforts. Hadrian’s Wall to Hastings is one of the many challenges that Gary is taking on this year.

“We hope this fundraising challenge inspires you to get involved with Parkinson’s UK. There are lots of ways for you to get involved and support us - from volunteering at an event to campaigning for better services. Without the generosity of people like you, our work would not be possible.”

Gary’s year of challenges will be match-funded by Z Zurich Foundation. To find out more or donate, visit:

To find out more about fundraising for Parkinson’s UK, visit:

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