Cambridge Business Golf Society picks Alzheimer’s Research UK as its charity of the year

08 February 2017

A Cambridge golf group has named Alzheimer’s Research UK as its 2017 charity of the year.

The Cambridge Business Golf Society (CBGS) made the announcement today, Thursday 9 February, with the hope of raising £10,000 for the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

The charity was picked by the CBGS’s Captain, Rich Blount, who said he has been “blown away” by the charity’s “passion and drive” to find treatments and preventions for dementia.

He said:

“The goals of the Cambridge Business Golf Society are to play great golf courses, forge friendships and closer business links with like-minded local people, and also to raise money for charity.

“Each year, the Captain gets to pick a chosen charity. I am absolutely delighted that in 2017 this will be Alzheimer’s Research UK.

“For the first time ever, since the CBGS was started in the 1980s, we have over 100 members. This means we’ll have more hands on deck to help with fundraising.

“Two of my grandparents have been diagnosed with dementia, one of them is still alive at 99, along with my stepdad’s mother. It was a very sad thing to witness and distressing, especially when they would almost look through me and couldn’t recognise me.

“As the UK’s leading research charity aiming to defeat dementia, I have been blown away by what Alzheimer’s Research UK does. Their incredible passion and drive to find a cure for this condition should not go unnoticed.

“Anything the CBGS can do to help win this battle is very important to all its members.”

Rich added that a black tie fundraising dinner for over 100 people will be held on Friday 10 November for Alzheimer’s Research UK, once the CBGS’s 2017 ‘Order of Merit’ season finishes at their home course of Gog Magog in October.

The group will also be fundraising around its main tour in June when the team will head to Bruges in Belgium, as well as a mini tour and other social golf days.

Jessica Sayer, Regional Fundraising Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We can’t thank Rich and everyone at the Cambridge Business Golf Society for their commitment to defeating dementia by supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK.

“There are 850,000 people in the UK living with dementia, including around 1,300 people in Cambridge.

“Alzheimer’s Research UK is leading the fightback against dementia, which we wouldn’t be able to do without the help of our wonderful supporters.”