66 %
raised of £60,000 target
by 325 supporters
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Marc van Grieken

Fundraising dinner at Glenturret Distillery on 24th Nov 2017

Fundraising dinner follows fabulous fashion show for Parkinson’s UK because we want to help fund Parkinson's research

66 %
raised of £60,000 target
by 325 supporters
  • Team members: The 'shaky team from Shaky Toun' continues to grow
  • Event: Etape Caledonia 2017, 21 May 2017
  • Team: Shaky Team from Shaky Toun

Parkinson’s UK

We offer support and fund research to find a cure for Parkinson's

Charity Registration No. 258197 and Scotland SC037554


A fabulous fashion show raised £2,948

Thanks to Janice Fraser and a large group of volunteers, a very successful fashion show 'shook up' many woman's ward robes. The sell out event on the 3rd November was greatly enjoyed by those who attended  and a I am very grateful for the support.

This followed on from a successful cycling event in the new HQ of ScottishPower in Glasgow which raised more than £4,350 and the total raised by the Shaky Team is now £46,570: so the push to the finish, £60,000 is on:

Join me at Glenturret Distillery for a spectacular dinner sponsored by Entier/Wild thyme and take part in the Shaky Auction.

Friday 24th November At Glenturret

  • Gourmet dinner
  • Speakers about Parkinson's Research
  • Shaky Fundraising Auction
  • with Live music by Kenny Cormack and by the Erratics


Wilde Thyme Hot smoked Shetland Salmon with potato and caper remoulade, shaved beets, sauce Gabriche;

Roasted Highland Venison with
mini venison and chestnut pie, Normandy Cabbage, Anster gratin, pumpkin puree,
 sauce grand venure;

Cherry Queen of puddings with
Glenturret 10-year-old whisky and Malted ice cream.  

There will be a vegetarian alternative on the night. 

The dinner is sponsored by Wilde Thyme/ Entier.

Dr Esther Sammler and Dr Miratul Muqit, who are  researchers at the MRC Protein Phosphorylatio & Ubiquitilation Unit at the University of Dundee and who conduct ground breaking research into Parkinsons disease will be speaking on the night to explain a little bit about the research.

During the dinner there will be a shaky auction and other
fun(d)raising games involving ‘great skills’ and ‘lots of luck’ with
the following items being ‘up for grabs’.  There may be a reserve bid placed on an item and minimum indicative value is shown.

  • One week use of private holiday accommodation at
    Playa Paraiso in La Manga del Mar Manor, within half an hour of Murcia airport and one quarter hours from Alicante. (Donated by Andy and Maraidh Hamer) (>£350)
  • Fourball at Gleneagles (donated by Entier) (>£350)
  • Three nights dinner bed-and-breakfast in Lagosta
    Perdida, ‘the lost lobster’, in Montezihno National Park in northern Portugal (donated by Robert and Sally) (>£275)
  • Fourball at Dundonald links (donated by Stewart
    Milne Homes) (>£350)
  • Spa treatment for four at Gleneagles (donated by Entier) (>£375)
  • Fantastic Christmas cake by Norma Appleby, ex baker for Entier (>£100)
  • Jewellery: a silver necklace made by Euan Hunter Smith (> £250)
  • Dinner, bed and breakfast for one night for 2, at Monachyle mhor (Donated by Monachyle Mhor) (>£300)
  • Private executive chef and waitress coming to your home preparing and serving dinner for 6 (donated by Campbell Mickel) (>£750)
  • And More

You can also submit bids online by emailing me and I will bid on your behalf.

Tickets are £40pp ONLY 39 left

To buy your tickets, please email: marc@mvgla.com and please let me know any allergies/dietary



Comrie crusaders ran Glasgow 10k today.

My daughter Lottie and 9 of her friends:  Amy, Anya, Rachel, Mairi, Tom, Matty, Fergus, Ciaran and Michael all kept their spirits up high despite abysmal weather and their effort and support is boosting the funds raised.  I am again overwhelmed by this fantastic support. Thank you!

Did you know? 

More than four months ago, the 'Shakyteam from Shaky Toun' completed the 81 mile Etape Caledonia. 

BUT,  fundraising didn't stop and indeed Shaky Team Member Keith Vance completed the Edinburgh Marathon a week later on 28th May and Keith cycled the Ochils ton (100 miles!) with Stuart Henderson another week after that.

Other  fantastic fundraisers were Brian's music quiz, Grant and Neil's curry night, A&DS's promises Auction, Colin's networking, Chloe's half marathon, Chris's recent monumental climb fro Vancouver to Whistler and Kenny's music night. This has all contributed to passing the 60% of my target mark and your support continues:

Upcoming fundraising activities are: a fashion show to 'shake up your wardrobe' on the 3rd November in the White church in Comrie, a fundraising dinner on the 24th November in Crieff and more.......

It is more than 10 years ago since I was diagnosed with Parkinson disease which presented itself to me by ‘stopping my right leg from moving’ whilst running which used to be my favourite exercise. I thought initially that I could ignore it and pretended nothing would change and that it would not affect my family and my daily life. I also thought that if I told people that I had Parkinson’s, that I would be, sympathetically perhaps, cast aside by the wider world.

I was wrong on both counts. Parkinson’s disease does affect your family and my partner and daughters have been brilliant and very supportive, and people in the wider world have stuck with me. I’m extremely thankful for that.

Once I had accepted the reality of the disease and started telling people I was particularly struck by the following reaction: “Oh, I have known for years that you have Parkinson’s, I recognise the symptoms because my father has it”.

This hammered home the reality and also the fact that there are many people affected by this disease. I have since met numerous people who are affected by Parkinson’s disease and have also learned that there are different versions (so to speak) and different stages but in all cases there is progression of the disease resulting in a worsening of symptoms, reduction in mobility and for some a gradual erosion of quality of life. Being honest that is scary. 

I am fortunate that the progression of the disease for me personally has been slow and I am touching every bit of wood to keep it that way. I also believe that with adequate funding of appropriate research this dreadful disease can be tamed or cured. For this reason I want to try and raise as much money as possible for research into finding a cure for Parkinson’s. My fundraising target is very ambitious but if it is achieved it would fund cutting edge research for a full year and fund a Parkinson’s nurse for a day a week for a year. (Source: Parkinson’s UK)

As you may know, I have just celebrated my 60st birthday and this inspired me to set a target of £60,000 and a donation towards funding research into Parkinson’s disease would mean a lot to me.

Any amount will be gratefully received!  

Many thanks, Marc

PS I do most of my cycling from Comrie which you might know has the nickname ‘Shaky toun’, and you probably know that most people associate shaking with Parkinson’s.
Therefore I called this team: ‘Shaky team from shaky toun’.


  • Comrie Crusaders post 10K
  • So proud +5