Dyson people to tackle dementia with eight-hour football marathon

05 July 2017

It’s that time again when football-fanatics from global technology company Dyson pull on their boots and compete in an exhausting eight-hour challenge, in aid of Alzheimer’s Research UK.

Dyson football marathon 2016

Over the past two years, Dyson people have raised more than £20,000 for the cause by taking part in the football marathon and this year, they hope to push that figure even higher.

The action-packed day will see 48 players, spilt into four teams, competing in back-to-back football matches at Cirencester Arena on Saturday 15 July. They will be battling it out to claim the prestigious winner’s trophy, which has been engineered from Dyson parts. Every player is asked to raise at least £60, with every £1 raised being matched with a donation from the James Dyson Foundation.

Each year, the football marathon is organised by Andrew Clifton, along with the help of Philip Johnson.

This is one of many fundraising events organised by the Malmesbury-based firm for the UK’s largest dementia research charity, after Dyson people voted to continue supporting the cause for another year. Alzheimer’s Research UK funds pioneering research into dementia and the diseases that cause it, most commonly Alzheimer’s. The charity’s mission is to find a life-changing treatment by 2025.

Andrew, 32, said:

“The football marathon has become a big fixture of the Dyson calendar and we get lots of people wanting to be involved – we’ve even got a long waiting list of people wanting to play. A lot has happened since I organised the first one four years ago and it just keeps getting bigger. In that time, I’ve also got married and had two children, so it’s been quite hectic but I love doing it. I’ve always been a keen fundraiser, like my dad. Between us we’ve raised more than £100,000 and I just want to keep going.”

He added:

“Alzheimer’s Research UK is a great cause to support as so many people are directly or indirectly affected by dementia. So far, we’ve raised more than £20,000 for the charity through the football marathon and I’m delighted to add to that total again this year.”

Vicky Lake, Regional Corporate Partnerships Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We look forward to the football marathon every year, as it’s a fantastic event that sees so many Dyson people get behind our vital cause. It’s not one for the faint-hearted, as it’s a gruelling eight-hour challenge, but it’s great to see everyone having so much fun with it. It’s incredible to think that this event alone has raised more than £20,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK and we can’t wait to see what they achieve this year.

“There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is set to increase as the population ages, unless we can find a breakthrough. Thanks to the support from our partners like Dyson, we are able to fund the very best research, focused on bringing about new treatments to improve the lives of people with dementia today and tomorrow.”

To donate to the team, text DYSN99 and the amount (example DYSN99 £5) to 70070 or visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Dysonfootballmarathon2017