Dyson raises more than £10,000 for dementia research with football marathon

21 July 2017

After putting themselves through eight-hours of relentless back-to-back football matches, Dyson people have raised more than £10,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK – bringing the total the event has raised for the charity to over £30,000 in three years.

On Saturday 15 July, four teams, made up of 48 players, competed in the annual football marathon at the Cirencester Arena. Competition was fierce on the day, but it was the Bagless Boys who claimed victory once again and took home the prestigious winner’s trophy, which has been engineered from Dyson parts.

Dyson Football Marathon teams 2017

This was the fourth football marathon, organised by Dyson people Andrew Clifton and Philip Johnson, and the third time it has raised money for the UK’s leading dementia research charity. This is just one of many fundraising events organised by the Malmesbury-based technology company for Alzheimer’s Research UK, 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 bring about the first life-changing dementia treatment by 2025.

Andrew, 32, who is a father-of-two, said:

“I’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who got involved with the Dyson football marathon. It was a great day and we all made it out uninjured – other than some bruised egos! I’m sure the aches and pains are now wearing off, but the efforts the guys have put in will have a long-lasting impact for Alzheimer’s Research UK, which is fantastic!

The match in action

“It’s quite unbelievable to think how much has been raised through the event over the four years and I feel really proud of what we’ve achieved. It just goes to show how much people enjoy being involved. Most people like football and it’s nice to see something positive coming from the game to help a fantastic charity like Alzheimer’s Research UK.”

Vicky Lake, Regional Corporate Partnerships Manager, said:

“What another amazing year for the Dyson football marathon! We can’t express our gratitude enough to Andrew and everyone else involved in the football marathon. It’s amazing to think that this one event has now raised more than £30,000 for Alzheimer’s Research UK – these funds are going to make a huge difference in the fightback against dementia.

“One in three people know somebody affected by this devastating condition and it is our greatest medical challenge. The only chance we have of defeating dementia is through investing in research, which is why the support of our partners like Dyson is so vital.”

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