Grand Opera House York Stage Experience
carries out fundraising collections for Kidney Research UK and Parkinson’s UK
Raising a staggering £2,052!
The Grand Opera House York has succeeded in bucket collections during the stage experience performances of Oklahoma! for charity Kidney Research UK – the UK’s leading funder of research into the treatment and prevention of kidney disease and Parkinson’s.
As part of Stage Experience this year we have decided to hold collections for Kidney Research UK and Parkinson’s UK. We’ve chosen these charities because, although the diseases could affect anyone, they have directly affected some of the team behind tonight’s show.
Kidney disease is a silent killer, and there are millions of people with it in the UK. It’s fatal without dialysis or a transplant and completely changes lives. However, Kidney Research UK receives almost no government funding. They have to turn down four out of every five research ideas because they don’t have enough money to support them.
Likewise Parkinson’s disease is a complex and progressive neurological condition, and affects different people in different ways. Parkinson’s UK tries to raise awareness, fund groundbreaking research and offer support and information to families affected by the disease.
Neither disease has a cure, and both hugely affect the families just as much as the patient.
GOH has raised £1026 for Kidney Research UK.
Clare O’Connor said: “We decided to take on this challenge for Kidney Research UK because Kidney Disease has directly affected members of the production team for Oklahoma!, and quite simply doesn’t receive the recognition or funding that it deserves and ultimately needs.
“It was an amazing to raise that much money just through bucket collections and I’m so glad we decided to do this. It’s wonderful to think the money we’ve raised is going to fund research that will benefit millions of people in the UK affected by kidney disease.”
Sandra Currie, Chief Executive of Kidney Research UK, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Grand Opera House for all their hard work and support.
“Kidney disease can affect anyone at any age and without warning. It can’t currently be cured and is responsible for thousands of deaths every year – many of which could be prevented with better diagnosis and improved treatments.”
Although the Grand Opera House has successfully completed their fundraising you can still make a donation by visiting www.kidneyresearchuk.org
For more information about kidney disease and the work being carried out by Kidney Research UK, please visit: www.kidneyresearchuk.org.
GOH has raised £1026 for Parkinson’s UK
“As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity we’re leading the work to find a cure, and we’re closer than ever. But our work is totally dependent on donations.
“We are incredibly grateful to the Grand Opera House York, for their support and I hope their success will encourage others to Party for Parkinson’s too”.
Every hour, someone in the UK is told they have Parkinson’s. Because we’re here, no one has to face Parkinson’s alone.
We bring people with Parkinson’s, their carers and families together via our network of local groups, our website and free confidential helpline. Specialist nurses, our supporters and staff provide information and training on every aspect of Parkinson’s.
As the UK’s Parkinson’s support and research charity we’re leading the work to find a cure, and we’re closer than ever. We also campaign to change attitudes and demand better services.
Our work is totally dependent on donations. Help us to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.