Dedicated volunteers celebrate amazing first year of fundraising for dementia research in Aberdeen

19 March 2018

Passionate volunteers in Aberdeen have celebrated the first anniversary of their fundraising group which is raising money for pioneering dementia research.

ARUK Aberdeen Fundraising Group

The 10 members of the Alzheimer’s Research UK Aberdeen Fundraising Group have raised around £7,500 through a variety of activities. They have also helped spread the word about dementia and the importance of research in the city and surrounding areas.

Members of the group raised nearly £5,000 by taking on various fundraising challenges, including doing skydives and running the Great Aberdeen Half Marathon & 10k. Other big fundraising activities include raising £964 from a bucket collection before an Aberdeen football match at the Pittodrie Stadium and £571 from knitting and selling Christmas stocking and hats.

Group leader Alison Blaikie, whose dad died with Alzheimer’s disease in 2012, said:

“Our first year together has been amazing. I am so proud to be a part of this fun-loving, fearless and dedicated team of people.

“From bake sales to sky dives we have had a blast raising such a fantastic amount of money for dementia research.

“Our aim as a team is to raise awareness of this devastating and debilitating condition and do what we can to raise the all-important funds to ensure Alzheimer’s Research UK can fund scientists doing fantastic work to find treatments that are desperately needed.

“Dementia is one of the greatest challenges facing the world today. There are around 4,500 people in Aberdeenshire and more than 70,000 people across Scotland living with dementia. Sadly, every three minutes another person in the UK develops the condition. This, along with having seen first-hand the heartbreaking effect Alzheimer’s disease had on my father, is the reason I will always continue to support in any way I can Alzheimer’s Research UK in their quest for a cure.”

Alzheimer’s Research UK has invested £6.7 million in research in Scotland, backing around 60 projects exploring the causes of dementia and work towards preventions, treatments and a cure for diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Some of these projects have been at the University of Aberdeen, including a team led by Dr Bettina Platt which is investigating a connection between Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes to assess whether the former triggers the latter and/or vice versa.

Kyle Lockhart, Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Fundraising Officer for Scotland, said:

“The Aberdeen Fundraising Group has had an amazing first year and we can’t thank them enough for raising thousands of pounds for world-class dementia research.

“The dedicated members of the group are helping Alzheimer’s Research UK in its mission to bring about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025 and create a world free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.”

The group’s next fundraising event will be a race night at the Ashvale Restaurant, Great Western Road, Aberdeen, on Friday, May 11. Tickets cost £15, including food. The group is also looking for companies to sponsor races and donate raffle and auction items.

For information about the group’s upcoming events and activities, like their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ARUKAberdeen

New members are always welcome to the group. For more information about volunteering for Alzheimer’s Research UK contact Kyle on 07760884529 or [email protected]

For further information about Alzheimer’s Research UK visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org