Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Rhyl Fundraising Group celebrates two-year anniversary

16 May 2018

A fundraising group in Rhyl that raises money for Alzheimer’s Research UK is about to celebrate two years of successful fundraising and has already raised £12,000 in that time.

Rhyl Fundraising Group

Rhyl Fundraising Group

The group is now putting out a call for new members to help boost their fundraising efforts for dementia research ahead of Dementia Action Week, which runs from 21-27 May.

Claire Burman set the group up two years ago after losing a close family friend to Alzheimer’s disease. Claire’s husband also works in a care home that specialises in caring for people with dementia, so the couple were keen to help fund research into the condition.

Claire and Roger Burman

Claire and Roger Burman

There are currently no treatments that can slow or prevent the development of dementia. It recently became the leading cause of death in the UK, with 850,000 people living with the condition.

Alzheimer’s Research UK is funding world-class research into dementia across the UK and the globe to investigate causes and cures for the condition.

This research would not be possible without the hard work of fundraising groups across the country, who help to raise vital funds.

The Rhyl fundraising group is mostly known in the area for running tombolas and this is how they raise most of their funds.

They are also the Charity of the Year for their local Sainsbury’s, which helps them to reach an even wider audience in the town.

Claire is hoping that as the group hits its two-year anniversary, it will continue to go from strength to strength – but this can only happen with the hard work of dedicated volunteers.

She said:

“What we really need is more members in our group so that we can raise more funds. We need people with new and fresh ideas for ways to raise money for dementia research.

“We feel passionately about the work of Alzheimer’s Research UK because of our links to dementia. Having more members to help us with fundraising would mean so much to us. This is such an important issue and we desperately need more people to get involved and join the fightback against dementia.”

Claire and the rest of the group are now calling on people in Rhyl who want to help to end the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia to join them in their fundraising. If you would like to join the Rhyl Fundraising Group, please contact Claire Burman at [email protected]

Ceri Smith, Regional Fundraising Officer for Wales at Alzheimer’s Research UK said:

“We would like to thank Claire, Roger and the whole team at the Rhyl Fundraising Group for their amazing work and congratulate them on reaching their two-year anniversary.

“Our mission at Alzheimer’s Research UK is to bring about the first life-changing treatment for dementia by 2025. This would not be possible without the hard work of our dedicated volunteers all across the country.”