Escala concert at Sedbergh concludes an epic fundraising campaign for Parkinson’s UK

October 11th 2017

We are delighted to announce that the Lycetts sponsored concert on Friday 6th October at Sedbergh School, Cumbria, has raised in excess £4,000 for Parkinson’s UK. The evening featured the electric string quartet, Escala and was the culmination of former Sedbergh School pupil Jack Roberts’ ‘Going the Distance’ fundraising campaign.

Jack Roberts developed his ‘Going the Distance’ campaign to raise money for a cause close to his heart, Parkinson’s UK. It included the Three Peaks Challenge, The Wainwright’s Challenge and the Rickshaw Run in India.

As Jack Roberts says: ‘My chosen charity was an easy one. Having lived alongside Parkinson’s Disease for the last 18 years of my life, witnessing the effects on both an individual and a family, I thought even my small actions could make a difference.’

Starting with the Three Peaks Challenge in April, followed by the Wainwright’s Challenge in June, which involved climbing all 214 of Wainwright’s summits over the course of 25 days saw Jack break the record for scaling the Lake District peaks unsupported.  Jack’s summer of fund raising concluded with the Rickshaw Run driving 3,600km in a 7Hp Tuk Tuk across the length of India in the heart of monsoon season.

So far this year Jack’s ‘Going the Distance’ has been Parkinson’s UK single biggest individual fund raising effort in the north and the support for this initiative has seen literally hundreds of people contribute, whether handing over donations on the tops of the Fells or turning up to the concert at Sedbergh.

After all the hardships Jack endured, the concert featuring fellow former Sedbergh pupils as well as Victoria, Stephy, Honor and Helen who comprise, Escala, was a fitting end.

In total Jack’s ‘Going the Distance’ for Parkinson’s UK has raised in excess of £15,000 so far this year.

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