We continue to raise funds, for our members, in line with Parkinson's UK policy.
If anyone has any new ideas or different venues to raise funds and awareness, please contact one of the committee.
Weekly Bonus Ball Scheme
The Lotto Ball scheme has been running since September 2013 and to date (January 2020) we have raised over £13,000 for branch funds. (£2,200 annually)
There are 59 balls in the Lotto. Each week we have 59 members/friends paying £2.
Payment is £8.70 monthly, by standing order.
The weekly prize is £75, drawn every Saturday.
Each week when the (The Lotto) is drawn, the person holding the same number as the bonus ball wins £75, credited to their bank account within 3 days.
The scheme is fully subscribed so the "profit” of £43 per week is donated to the Halifax Branch of Parkinson’s each month.
Thanks must go to the majority of our friends & members, most of whom, are still contributing after 7 years.
If you would like the next available bonus number.
Please contact Ian Barraclough on 01422 256521
Dinner at the Shay
Martin Uttley organised his 10th Annual Dinner /Comedy Night at the Shay in September 2019. He has decided to have a year off, in 2020, and will re-evaluate the situation next year.
The History of The Shay Event
In a committee meeting in late 2009, it was decided to arrange a celebration to mark the 40th Anniversary of the Halifax Branch, in October 2010. Bill Uttley, husband of Elaine, was the secretary of the branch at that time, and volunteered to organise the event, to be held the following year. (October 2010) We were the 2nd branch of Parkinson’s UK formed in October 1970. The first branch was Tunbridge Wells, who opened their doors in February 1969. Bill got the venue booked and was making progress with the other details when tragedy struck. Bill had a fall in February 2010 and died of his injuries. Martin (son) took over his father’s role of secretary, and at a committee meeting in summer 2010 realised that the Shay Event which Bill had booked, before his death, required some hard work to fill the venue. He asked Karen & Ian (sister/ brother) to lend a hand and between them managed to sell enough tickets for this event, to make it a success. Elaine, who also sat on the committee (and still does) was a very proud mum that evening – even happier when Martin announced at committee that he would arrange another dinner the following year. Martin’s family decided they were going to help and from 2011 onwards, Kerri (his wife) and children Nicole, Ryan & Chloe have all worked very hard to ensure that each year the dinner was more successful than the year before. Nine years on, Martin & Elaine are still an integral part of the branch committee.
The results for the Shay Dinner have been phenomenal. It has gone from strength to strength, but Martin needs to devote more time to his business and has decided to take a well-earned rest next year. We cannot be certain, exactly, how much Martin has raised at the Shay dinner over this period. Conservative estimates would suggest that the first 8 years events raised over £40,000. Last year was the best yet and raised just over £10,000. The committee in particular, and I am sure, all the members would like to thank Martin, Kerri & family for all the hard work they have put in over the past 9 years raising a fantastic amount of funds which has been spent by the Halifax branch improving services to members in and around Calderdale.
Can we beat last years record and top £10,000?
I am sure with your help & support – We can!
Our next Summer Fayre will be on the 11th July 2020
Please contact Eileen Kenny on 01422 373566 or Anne Rothera on 01422 253368 if you would like to have a stall at the Summer Fayre