The kind-hearted cast of TV’s much loved soap Emmerdale had a great time at a recent Wobbly Williams Weekend which raised over £30,000 for Parkinson’s Disease.
The fun event was organised by Bearsden man Bryn Williams – who set up the Wobbly Williams website and blog after he was diagnosed with the condition in 2007, at the age of 36.
The married dad-of-two also set up the charity, Funding Neuro, to raise money to fund research to find cures for Parkinson’s and other neurological disorders.
The weekend started with a Wobbly Day Out to Storybook Glen in Aberdeenshire, which was followed by a ‘We’re A Knockout’ competition, the world haggis hurling championships, water wars, and the Jellympics – including a jelly and spoon race and dash in jelly-filled wellies.
Local company Georgemas Energy & Logistics took the lead in the wobbly, wacky, inflatable assault course, and won the coveted It’s A Wobbly Knockout trophy, despite alleged cheating from various soap stars!
The evening of entertainment was run by George Walker Event Management at the beautiful Thainstone House Hotel in Inverurie, with a drinks reception, performance by Aberdeen Rock Choir and a delicious dinner provided by chef John Wood.
Bryn said: ”It was a stupendous weekend. It means so much to us all here at Funding Neuro to have got to where we are now, and to have had the involvement of the Emmerdale cast and crew.
“This is something which we never dreamed possible.”
The Emmerdale band took to the stage after dinner, performing a medley of famous tracks and even some beat-boxing.
And neurosurgeon Stephen Gill, who designed the equipment for trials funded by the charity, told everyone what is involved, the costs, and how they could possibly cure brain tumours in children and young adults.
Bryn added: “The next step for us is to raise the £200,000 required to treat ten children as proof of the concept, and advance the research that professionals strongly believe will make the difference.”
Funding Neuro has raised more than £700,000 so far towards trials for Parkinson’s, which are being carried out in the Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.
Last year, Bryn had catheters placed in his brain – designed to deliver medication directly – as part of these ground-breaking trials.
For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 0141 585 6470 www.fundingneuro.com