Parkinson’s UK was chosen thanks to a nomination by an employee in Canary Wharf with a family connection to the progressive neurological condition, which affects around 127,000 people in the UK.
Credit Suisse has partnered with over 12 charities since 2002. Since then, employee fundraising efforts have raised over £7 million for charity through employee fundraising events including the London to Paris Enduro Challenge, The Banger Rally (which this year included a team from Parkinson’s UK driving to Paris in a specially rebranded car), and a London to Zurich cycle challenge.
Garrett Curran, Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse in the UK and Ireland said: 'The UK Charity of the Year partnership is something that every employee can become involved in. We’re delighted to have achieved this milestone fundraising sum. Employees drove, cycled, ran, swam, baked, sang, danced, paddled and abseiled to achieve this phenomenal target of £1 million – and some even went so far as to be rescued from the freezing waters of Canary Wharf by Newfoundland dogs to support the effort!'
Steve Ford, Parkinson’s UK Chief Executive, said, 'We were absolutely thrilled and honoured to be voted the Credit Suisse UK Charity of the Year 2014. To learn that they have raised such an incredible amount for their chosen charity for the first time is something Parkinson’s UK is incredibly proud of.
'Credit Suisse’s sterling efforts have resulted in the total funding of a crucial research study in Newcastle, headed up by our new Clinical Director Professor David Burn. The research will help scientists understand how and why dementia develops in people living with Parkinson’s.
'Funding has also gone to supporting people to access much needed specialist Parkinson’s nurses who we know can be an absolute lifeline, and to enable our advice and support services to reach even more people who need them'.
'I’d like to thank each and every Credit Suisse employee a million times for helping to spread awareness about this much misunderstood condition, and for highlighting the work that we do to a wider audience. It has certainly been a year to remember.'