Appeal for Tyne and Wear volunteers to help power fight against dementia

Posted on 22nd April 2015

Fundraisers in the Tyne and Wear area are being sought to help form a new group to support Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

Supporter Anne Porthouse, from Sunniside, aims to recruit volunteers with a range of skills to help set up the group, which will aim to raise vital funds and awareness for the charity. Anne was inspired to get involved after seeing her mother and a close friend battle with dementia, and she hopes other people with similar experiences will join her in the fight to defeat the condition. She is also seeking volunteers to help with a collection at a Blaydon supermarket on 10 and 11 July.

Alzheimer’s Research UK Regional Groups play a crucial part in the fight against dementia, which currently affects more than 14,000 people in Tyne and Wear alone. Members get involved in a variety of ways, getting stuck into fundraising challenges to raise money for pioneering research, representing Alzheimer’s Research UK at events and spreading the word about the charity within their local communities. Each group needs a minimum of three core members to fulfil the roles of chairman, treasurer and secretary. Anne is now seeking to set up the charity’s newest Regional Group to cover the town of Whickham and the villages of Sunniside, Swalwell, Dunston and Burnopfield.

She explained:

“When my mother had dementia it really brought it home to me what a horrendous thing it is, and then later a friend died with the condition when she was only in her early 60s. It was the most dreadful thing to see the devastating impact dementia can have. When I read about Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Regional Groups I thought it sounded like a great way to spread the word about the need for dementia research, so I put myself forward.

“Since I retired, I chose to become a volunteer because I wanted to stay active and do something useful. This is a cause that’s very close to my heart and I’m really motivated, but I’d like lots of people to get involved. There are an awful lot of people out there who’ve been touched by dementia and the more people we have, the more money we can raise to help find preventions and a cure.”

Anne is also looking for people who can spare some time to help with a bucket collection at Morrison’s in Blaydon, with two collection dates planned on 10 and 11 July. Three more possible collections are planned at summer fairs in Whickham on 16 May, Low Fell on 27 June and Whickham on 4 July.

Claire Priestwood, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“One of the most rewarding things about working with our amazing fundraisers is the chance to introduce them to other people in their community who also want to help defeat dementia. We have many wonderful supporters like Anne who are going above and beyond to support our research, and we know that when they get together they can have a huge impact.

“For many people who’ve seen the effects of dementia first-hand, raising money for research can be a powerful way of standing up against the condition. Thanks to our supporters, we’ve funded over £3.2m of research in the North East but we need help to increase our investment. We’d urge anyone who can spare some time and enthusiasm to join forces with Anne and help us power our vital research.”

Anyone wishing to get involved in the group or help with bucket collections can contact Anne Porthouse on 0191 496 0352. To learn more about fundraising for Alzheimer’s Research UK, contact c.priestwood@alzheimersresearchuk.org or call 07799 902428.

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