Restaurants go under the grill for charity at this year’s Moveable Feast in Norwich
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Fundraisers are hoping they have contributed to a new record cash sum from a popular annual event.
Diners at the annual Lloyd Addison's Moveable Feast in Norwich, supported by Cozens-Hardy solicitors, are anticipating raising more than £20,000 for Parkinson's UK after donating £18,900 last year.
More than 1,100 people have taken part in the popular event, which sees diners criss-crossing the city centre as they enjoy three courses in three different restaurants.
Of the 22 participating restaurants, three are new to the event this year – Benji's at Jarrold, The White Horse (Brancaster) at the Strangers Club and Rooftop Gardens. The hotly-contested title of winning restaurant won't be known for a few days while voting slips are counted.
The Moveable Feast was founded 17 years ago by former city councillor and restaurateur Lloyd Addison, who lived with Parkinson's for nearly 20 years.
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Lloyd was passionate about supporting Norwich and Norfolk's culinary heritage and equally passionate about raising vital research funds for Parkinson's UK. His aim was to raise the profile of the restaurant scene and encourage diners to eat out in the city at a quieter time of the year. And so the Moveable Feast was born.
Local solicitors Cozens-Hardy have supported the event for the past seven years, working with Lloyd's widow, Cynthia, and her small organising committee to maximise the fundraising opportunities.
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A total of 65 Parkinson's UK volunteers gave up their afternoon and evening to support of the event, selling raffle tickets during the Adnams-sponsored drinks reception at The Forum and to diners in each restaurant. Last year, the raffle alone raised nearly £7,000.
Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition that causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time.
There is currently no cure for Parkinson's and it is not yet known why people get the condition. Scientists are still building a picture of why people get Parkinson's, but understanding the pieces of this complex puzzle will help to unlock better treatments and one day, it is hoped, a cure.
People with Parkinson's don't have enough of the chemical dopamine because some of the nerve cells that make it have died, but there are different treatments, therapies and support available to help sufferers to manage the condition.
Next year's event will take place on Tuesday, September 18; more information about tickets can be found online at moveablefeastnorwich.org