Many people (young and old) have a quality of life that is significantly impaired by bladder dysfunction caused by neurological problems. The reconstructive unit at University College London Hospital is the tertiary referral centre for such patients in the United Kingdom, and benefits thousands of patients each year. Neville Parnell is trying to raise awareness and funding of their work, and ongoing research into these conditions through his charity foundation, The Parnell Fund.
Neville Parnell is becoming somewhat of cause célèbre in terms of national hospital fundraising. He began raising funds for the Parnell Fund on an independent basis for the University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) eighteen-months ago after self referral several years ago after suffering from a series of complex urological ailments and reconstructive surgery.
Neville received expert specialist treatment after his self-referral from a regional hospital and through several years of treatment by leading urology surgeon Mr Jeremy Ockrim, honorary senior lecturer at UCL and consultant urological surgeon in Female and Reconstructive Surgery at University College Hospital, Mr Julian Shah, Miss Tasmin Greenwell and a top medical and nursing team at the University College Hospital (London), he is well on the road to recovery and eternally grateful.
Through his on-going programme of fundraising activities (The Three Peaks Challenge, London Parks Half Marathon, and, in November 2010, The New York Marathon) Neville hopes to address the taboos associated with this less publicised side of male urology. Read more about Neville's fundraising and/or make a donation. Following the New York Marathon Neville says he is “happy to take on any additional challenges” that any member of the public may wish to propose for him to raise money for his charity.
Besides raising funds for UCLH’s Urology department Neville also hopes to expose lack of understanding surrounding the subject and tackle some of the taboos relating to urological issues, which men in particular are not so comfortable in talking about, such as bladder dysfunction, incontinence after prostrate surgery, prolapse, and congenital abnormalities that have chronic disabling effects on a person’s life and affect their work, self-esteem and personal relationships.