Patek Philippe UK managing director Mark Hearn and his wife Corinne are hoping to raise £20,000 for their local Parkinson’s Support Group by taking part in a 24 hour tennis marathon.
Mr Hearn describes in his Just Giving fundraising page how being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease three years ago has changed his life, and how valuable the support group is to him and others in his area.
“Three years ago I was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease which came as a complete shock to my system. Although it progressively takes its toll, I am confident that a cure will be found one day. The secret is to surround yourself with people who understand the challenges that present themselves to you, and this is where my local Parkinson’s Support Group is invaluable,” Mr Hearn describes.
“Coupled with the support that I get at home, in particular from Corinne, my wife, and the other members of my family, it makes it much more manageable and I couldn’t do it without them. The money raised from this 24 hour tennis marathon will go towards ensuring the long term security of this vital support group,” he adds.
The challenge will take place over May 18 to 19, but the Just Giving fundraising page is already accepting donations and the total pledged is already up to over £8900. Click here to give.
Mr Hearn has been a life-long tennis fan, and even chose to be photographed in his sports kit when he appeared in WatchPro’s Hot 100 Book.
He was also given a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 WatchPro Awards.