Fundraiser to find cure for disease

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 September 2012

John Thatcher

John Thatcher

Mike Lang

A MAN with Parkinson's disease has organised a day of truck-pulling, raffle prizes and musical entertainment to raise money for finding a cure for the illness.

John Thatcher was diagnosed with the condition three years ago, and Saturday’s event will provide vital funds for Movers and Shakers, the Cure Parkinson’s charity devoted to finding a cure for the disease.

A truck-pull will kick off proceedings at 3pm at the Lighthouse Inn in Highbridge Road, Burnham and will continue at the Oaktree Arena off Bristol Road, Highbridge at 7.30pm.

The evening event will feature comedian Buster and performers Teri Roberts, Ping and I and Soul Rhymaz.

There will also be a raffle, and tickets have been donated by Bristol City and t-shirts by Dire Straits guitarist Mark Knopfler for the draw.

Mr Thatcher, of Beale Way, Burnham said: “I passionately believe that there’s a way of finding a cure for the disease.

“What I have seen has given me hope that there is something out there that can be used to fix me before I die, and as long as I’m living I’ll do what I can to raise funds.”

The 59-year-old added: “The generosity we have had so far for the event has been fantastic.”

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