AN ESTATE agency in Harborough has handed over a cheque for £5,000 to a charity that supports people with Parkinson’s Disease.
Strutt and Parker, which has an office in High Street, Harborough, set up a dedicated charity group for the purpose of supporting good causes through donations, fundraising events and raising awareness.
The group’s commitments are to encourage people to do charitable and voluntary work and donate time or money as a firm to good causes while making a positive contribution to the community.
This year staff at the company were invited to put forward charities to be supported by Strutt and Parker.
Charlotte Favill, who works at Strutt and Parker in Harborough, proposed Parkinson’s UK as her father, a retired farmer, was diagnosed with the condition some seven years ago.
Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition which effects one person in every 500.
Although most people who get Parkinson’s are aged over 50, younger people can get it too.
Charlotte has raised money through a number of charity events over the past few years, her biggest fundraiser being a three-day bike ride from London to Paris.
She has raised more than £15,000 for Parkinson’s UK and also actively helps and supports people, in addition to her father, who have Parkinson’s within the region.
After Charlotte put together a presentation to the Strutt and Parker charity group, the estate agency decided to donate £5,000 which will be crucial to help Parkinson’s UK continue its work.
Parkinson’s UK provides communities with information and support workers, provides specialist Parkinson’s nurses, funds research and offers a freephone helpline.