Pizza for Parkinson’s Day helps raise £23,000 for Parkinson’s UK

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Author: Almaz OhenePublished: 7 June 2017

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Domino’s Pizza stores took part in a UK-wide fundraiser, giving 5p from every pizza sold to Parkinson’s UK


Domino’s Pizza stores across the UK took part in ‘Pizza for Parkinson’s Day’ which pledged 5p from every pizza sold to Parkinson’s UK.

The fundraising idea was developed by John Shedden, the owner of Full House Restaurants Holdings Ltd, a franchise of 43 Domino’s Pizza stores, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 2016, aged 69. Full House’s fundraising team aims to raise £100,000 for the Parkinson’s UK research campaign, ‘We Won’t Wait’.

John explains: “My diagnosis was a shock to me and my family – like it is for so many. This new campaign by Parkinson’s UK gives people like me hope. A cure would stop me fearing the future – I won’t let customers wait for pizza, so why am I waiting for a cure?”

In addition to the ‘Pizza for Parkinson’s Day’ – which raised over £9,000 from the sale of 188,000 pizzas – 83 members of Domino’s Pizza staff raised £14,000 by trekking up Mount Snowdon in May.

Ian Savage, corporate relationships manager at Parkinson’s UK said: “We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of Domino’s Pizza Group – collectively raising over £23,000 in one week is an absolutely staggering accomplishment, and will have an enormous impact on our research into Parkinson’s. We can’t thank them enough.”

Sonia Kaur, national assistant brand and campaign manager at Domino’s, added: “It was an absolute pleasure working with the team at Parkinson’s UK – knowing our fundraising will make such a contribution towards finding a cure for Parkinson’s was a huge motivator for staff.”

We Won’t Wait

To coincide with World Parkinson’s Day 2017, Parkinson’s UK launched ‘We Won’t Wait’, an initiative highlighting the lack of progress since the condition was discovered 200 years ago. The campaign followed on from the charity’s international campaign to raise awareness, #uniteforparkinsons.

Lead image credit: Graham Kempster


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