It’s the day after our latest event, Curry for Parkinson’s!
We arrived at The Rashoi at 6:45pm, shortly before our guests were due. Brenda set out the seating plans and Lauren and I placed Parkinson’s flags and leaflets around too.
Here’s one of me just before it all kicked off!
Let’s do this!
Brenda and Dennis had been very busy, organising a raffle for the evening too. We had lots of prizes ranging from bottles of wine, novelty gifts and of course the star prize – a meal for two at The Inn @ West End.
Waiter @ The Rashoi, Windlesham
By 7:30pm, the night was in full swing. I looked up from my seat and the restaurant was buzzing! A full house for sure! Brenda and Dennis were busy selling raffle tickets to our guests when I overheard the table next to me buying theirs. “I’ll take £10′s worth” said one man, “I’ll have the same” said another. There was a lot of money being spent on raffle tickets and I couldn’t wait to hear how much money we had raised.
Guests enjoying their starters
Before the event, I said to myself… If we raise anything over £500 I will be over the moon! A light tap to the side of a glass silenced the room. Brenda had an announcement to make, “I can announce that the grand total raised for Parkinson’s UK is… £709!
Amazing – but the best was yet to come.
Lauren with her colleagues, representing Michael Page Finance
Minutes later I found myself drawing the first ticket to our raffle when someone called us over wanting to buy more tickets. Then another person, and another, and another… we had to stop the raffle. People were still buying, they wanted to keep on giving. One guest even donated £80, which at the time I wasn’t completely aware of, due to all the excitement. Thank you so much.
The top table with all their tickets
Once the sales had stopped, we had another check of the figures. Brenda was ready to make another announcement, “I can’t quite believe this, the total is now £870!” It was unreal. The money kept coming in. It was at this moment that the unexpected happened. I had been speaking to a man called Tony. Sadly, Tony suffers from Parkinson’s Disease. He tapped me on the shoulder and said “Lee, if you give me your address, tomorrow I’ll send you a cheque for £250″. Unbelievable! I thanked him and told him how much it meant to us.
Thanks for coming and supporting us guys! We hope you had a good night.
I turned to Brenda and said “we need to make another announcement… I’ve just been given £250!”. We were speechless. Brenda said “ok everyone, we have had another donation, you might all want to sit down!”
It was at this point that I made the final announcement of the night. “I can confirm that the grand total raised this evening is…
The room was on fire! Everyone was clapping and cheering. We had raised a phenomenal amount of money and I don’t think any of us could believe it!
Lauren and I nipped off to the car to get the bouquet of flowers we had bought for Brenda and Dennis to say thank you. I know that they didn’t expect anything but it was the least we could do to say thank you for organising such an amazing event. Their hard work and continued support is greatly appreciated.
I’d like to say a BIG thank you to The Rashoi for allowing us to put on such a great event. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. I recommend you pay them a visit the next time to fancy going out for a curry. I’d also like to say a special thank you to everyone who came and supported us. I hope you all had a good night and I hope to see you all again soon.
Finally, I want to turn back to Tony and the people he was sitting with. I was introduced to Tim, who too is a sufferer of Parkinson’s Disease. Tim climbed Kilimanjaro with Parkinson’s in 2011 and has also been involved in some long distance cycling. How many people can say they’ve done that? Let alone with Parkinson’s Disease. At certain times during the evening Tim provided our guests with some magic, which included Lauren’s iPhone ending up wrapped in a balloon (see the video below) and also some very impressive card tricks.
Tony had us all in stitches with his jokes and amusing comments throughout the evening. One joke in particular was “how many football matches did Arsenal lose last season?” a few seconds later he removed a napkin from over his fist to reveal a raffle ticket with the number 300! It was amusing to say the least.
Tim and Matt sharing a joke during a card trick
Tony, myself and Tim – two truly inspiring people.
The evening was a great success, and I can honestly say that meeting Tony and Tim really has inspired me further. I admire their bravery and determination not to let Parkinson’s stop them from achieving their goals – even if, it’s to climb a mountain!