Two friends from Egerton in Lancashire have arranged a spectacular gala dinner in aid of Parkinson’s UK, with tickets going on sale today. Every hour, two more people in the UK are diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and it’s the fastest-growing neurological condition in the world. Currently, there is no cure.
Taking place at Walmsley Parish Hall on Saturday 6 November, the dinner is going to be a real treat for foodies, with Masterchef the Professionals winner Oli Martin and his co-chef and business partner Matt Willdigg creating a three course menu and canapés to start, all inspired by the best produce Lancashire has to offer.
The name for the dinner was inspired by internationally-renowned artist Alex Echo’s ‘LOVE’ collection, which consists of home accessories and kids’ t-shirts launched in partnership with the British retailer NEXT and in aid of Parkinson’s UK. Alex was diagnosed with Parkinson’s two years ago and had been experiencing Parkinson’s symptoms for around 7 years before being diagnosed. The inspiration behind the collection comes from his experience of receiving love, kindness and compassion when he was diagnosed.
Lancashire based businesses helping out with the event include Kie Events by Kala, helping to dress the venue, and award-winning wine merchants D Byrne & Co. Joseph Byrne who said: “We have put together a selection of great wines that we believe will compliment the menu perfectly. We are also very pleased to offer a raffle prize to help raise additional funds on the night.”
Other raffle prizes include vouchers from local businesses, including the Cross Guns and Thomas Egerton, tickets for major Lancashire attractions such as Blackpool Pleasure Beach, and even £450 worth of tyres from Wheel Gods of Bolton. Julie adds: “We want to raise as much as possible for Parkinson’s UK, but we also want people to have a fantastic evening and get great value for money. With the quality of the food and drink and the entertainment we have secured – people will be very glad that Rachel and I aren’t singing –
we believe people will get way more than their money’s worth.”
Tickets cost £80 per person or £750 for a table of ten, with 100% of the profits going to Parkinson’s UK.