Parkinson's Disease Society receives largest ever grant

Monument Trust cash will fund work to find a cure

The Parkinson's Disease Society has been given a £5m grant to search for a cure for Parkinson's disease over the next five years.

The sum, awarded by the Monument Trust, is by far the largest award it has received from a charitable trust. The previous highest sum was £180,000.

The money will fund the Oxford Parkinson's Disease Consortium, a team of researchers at the University of Oxford, who will study genes that may be responsible for the development of Parkinson's disease.

Steve Ford, chief executive of the society, whose most recent annual income was £18.1m, said: "We are passionate about finding a cure for Parkinson's disease and our research strategy is focused on this ambition.

"We are totally dependent on voluntary income and there are so many more avenues to explore. However, this very generous donation from the Monument Trust will enable us to take a major step forward towards this goal."

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