John Barton


Parkinson's UK
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 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 dependant on donations. Help us to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's.
Charcot-Marie-Tooth UK
CMT United Kingdom is the UK's national support group providing information, advice and support to people affected by Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a rare hereditary neurological condition that affects the arms and legs, leading to mobility and balance problems, and problems with dexterity and hand strength.

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John Barton

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Midnight. The day after. The end of what might well be the best day of my life. I felt stronger and taller with every step today. So much love and support from so many along the way. And all I did was go for a walk! Thank you beautiful people. You will never know what it meant to me to cross the finish line this evening with my gorgeous, brilliant, smart, funny and kind daughter Annie, 8, who had the idea of walking the marathon. Anyone want to walk it with me next year? John x

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This is the first time that I have asked to be sponsored for a charitable cause since I did a 15-mile sponsored walk when I was 10. It'll probably be the last.

I'm doing the London Marathon on April 24, 2016.

It's a mad idea because I can't run anymore and my walking isn't so hot either (I have two progressive neurological conditions: Parkinson's and Charcot-Marie-Tooth).

The idea came from my 8-year-old daughter, Annie. We were watching the London Marathon last April and I was telling her how I ran it in 1991 but crashed and burned after 20 miles. I always wished I'd finished the race. "Do it next year," she said. "You can just walk the whole thing."

Oh, yeah. Why didn't I think of that? (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry said: “Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is tiresome for children to be always and forever explaining things to them.")

So for the first hour or so I'll be in the Marathon. For the rest of the day, and probably the next day too, I'll just be a bloke hobbling along the streets of London. I reserve the right to stop off frequently at pubs and cafes along the way, and to sleep somewhere nice on the Sunday night if need be (I don't fancy trudging round the Isle of Dogs at 3am).

I'll be joined along the way by lots of friends and family--please come along too! Forget all that panting and sweating and blistering and chafed nipples--this is going to be a 26.2-mile party! Even our dog Daisy might join us for some of the route.

I'm raising money for Parkinson's UK and CMT UK. 

Parkinson's gets 75%: They were kind enough to indulge the mad idea and give me a place. The money will all go towards helping people with Parkinson's and finding a cure. Lots of exciting developments on that front so who knows, your donation could make all the difference.

CMT UK gets 25%: Charcot Marie Tooth, named after the three neurologists who identified the disease in 1886, is a relatively unknown yet relatively common group of hereditary, slowly-progressive neuromuscular conditions that affect the peripheral nerves in the feet and lower legs, and hands and lower arms, causing muscle weakness, loss of sensation, fatigue and compromised mobility, dexterity and balance.

I know times are hard for a lot of people. I know we live in a world that can sometimes feel scary and dangerous. But it is also a world of love and beauty. If you can make a donation, however big or small, it would really mean a lot.

P L E A S E   G I V E   G E N E R O U S L Y !!!

T H A N K   Y O U !!! 

Hope to see you on April 24!

Lots of love,


PS: Virgin Money Giving is a not for profit organisation and will claim gift aid on a charity's behalf where the donor is eligible for this. I really appreciate all your support and thank you for any donations.

Recent donors

30.06.16 Making sure you realise you and what you did are still astounding 9 weeks later.

11.05.16 John, what an absolutely amazing effort, it is truly inspirational! Many congratulations

10.05.16 you did the Walk of Life, man!

10.05.16 well done

08.05.16 Congratulations from the Orchards at 199

08.05.16 Well done, that was one hell of a marathon!

07.05.16 Well done!

07.05.16 Well done John - for showing us all the power of perseverance and love!

06.05.16 Congratulations!

05.05.16 So, so very proud of you John! Well done !!!!

04.05.16 Really impressive. Go John!

03.05.16 John, you have done fantastically well, in every sense. Good on you mate!

02.05.16 Great job, John!

01.05.16 John, Congratulations! Great work. Glad it went well. Bob

01.05.16 Congrats John! Huge thanks to you and your family for inspiring so many of us!

29.04.16 J.B. Congratulations. What a great event. Loved the video with Annie. Roland and I played yesterday. We made triples in your honor (and a couple for ourselves). Keep doing what you do. See you in Western Mass.


29.04.16 Maybe we'll join you next year! Stephanie and Jaime

29.04.16 What a great thing to have done and what a lovely video with Annie


28.04.16 What a triumph!

28.04.16 Well done!

28.04.16 Fantastic effort.

28.04.16 JB A great effort-our lives have gone in different directions since. I still have my health and continue to play golf, cricket, go cycling, exercise and even manage dancing-whereas you are not so fortunate. A great effort. Mike

28.04.16 How inspiring John and well done to you both.


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