2022 Gala Ball raises £20,000 for local Parkinson’s Research

Ros James and Mike Plant present a cheque for the sum of £1,100.00 from the Plymouth Breakfast Club to Professor Carroll.

Thanks to those stalwart supporters who braved dreadful weather on the 26th November, and the sponsorship of many donors, the PMF Annual Gala Ball at Plymouth’s New Continental Hotel made nearly £20,000.

Kicking off proceedings before dinner, Consultant Neurologist Professor Camille Carroll who leads the University Parkinson’s Research team outlined the increasing number of sufferers from this most disabling of conditions. There are 140,000 afflicted in the UK and it is the fastest growing neurological condition across the world. It was pointed out that at least four people in the room would die with the disease. Her research team is using smart-watch-like technology developed by Associate Professor Ed Meinert to monitor the condition of patients in the community, thereby relieving them of the burden of regular hospital appointment. Any deterioration is immediately detected and prompts an urgent hospital or GP visit. This ground-breaking work is an outstanding example of applied local research in action. Funds raised will be used to support the research conducted by Ms Katie Bounsall and to secure her doctorate.

Formal proceedings over, fun commenced. The table magic of Robin Fox confused and confounded; the spirits lifted by stirring arias rendered by our tenor, Russell Painter. One hundred and eighty guests dined, danced and bid generously for an array of prizes donated by local individuals and businesses and auctioned by Leon Theisinger. Local jazz band Jessica and the Rabbits kept the dance floor packed through to midnight. This was the third and final PMF annual event generously sponsored by Chris Kallis Solicitors. Chris has been a magnificent supporter and his efforts have led directly to over £60,000 being raised for medical research in Plymouth. Take a well-earned bow, Chris and many thanks to all who helped make this a success.

The PMF Trustees would like to thank everyone who made the gala such a success. The following people and organisations generously donated auction and raffle prizes:

  • Chris Kallis
  • Barry and Anna Oxinou
  • Geoff and Wendy Beak
  • Porsche Exeter
  • Newton Abbot Racecourse
  • Nick Buckland
  • Ros James and Mike Plant
  • Peter Tracey
  • Lewtrenchard Manor
  • Ocean BMW
  • Terence and Jill Lewis
  • Mike, Di, and Christian Hockin
  • Michael Spiers
  • Denis and Susan Wilkins
  • Frances Bettison
  • Clare Copplestone
  • Theresa Roach
  • Bistrot Pierre

Denis Wilkins, Trustee

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