Published: September 15, 2012
In video and photos: Truck pull in Burnham pulls in charity funds

Fundraisers in Burnham-On-Sea pulled together to raise hundreds of pounds for a charity seeking a cure for Parkinson's disease on Saturday (September 15th).

Dozens took part in a sponsored truck pull outside Burnham's Lighthouse Inn, organised by Parkinson's sufferer John Thatcher and supporter Andy Stone, as pictured here.

More than 40 people heaved the eight tonne truck across the car park in a series of races, watched by cheering onlookers.

The event was followed by a night of music and comedy at the Oak Tree Arena in Highbridge,
all in aid of the Movers and Shakers charity which wants to find a cure for Parkinson's. Among the performers were comedian Buster, music group Ping and I and Soul Rhymaz.

John thanked all those who had supported the event and told why he is doing the fundraising: "Parkinson's is a progressive, debilitating, condition with no cure and MS is a debilitating condition with no cure. There is very little public funding for research into cures for these conditions. I am determined to fight to find a cure until I am no longer capable of fighting and will do almost anything for this cause." To support John's fundraising, click here.

Heave ho! The ladies team pulling the eight tonne lorry during the event

The Lighthouse Girls team showed their strength in tugging the lorry

One of the groups of men taking the strain during Saturday's fundraiser

Burnham and Highbridge Mayor Ken Smout showed his support for the event

This group of youngsters also flexed their muscles to pull the lorry

Comedian Buster with John Thatcher, his wife Chris, and supporters Marion Roxter and Bob Connoly at Saturday's event

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