Geneticist roped into abseiling challenge for charity

Many people climb new heights for charity, but one of our geneticists will be descending instead, very carefully, down a sheer drop to support his cause.

Dr Richard Badge, Lecturer in Bioinformatics in the Department of Genetics, will be abseiling from a vertigo-inducing 120 metres with Pat Loft, an ex-technician in the Department, in aid of Parkinson’s UK.

Pat has Parkinson's but nevertheless has supported fundraising for the charity. She convinced Dr Badge to take part in the abseiling event after he performed with the Department band, the Histones, for a charity gig. They will be taking part in the Northampton Abseiling event, at the Northampton Lift Tower on 12 September organised by Parkinson’s UK. Dr Badge has a fundraising webpage at

Through his association with Parkinson’s UK, Dr Badge has also helped a team of students working on a project that may help alleviate the symptoms of neurodegenerative conditions. Parkinson’s UK have supported the student team by enabling the use of the Parkinson’s UK logo in their fundraising for the project.