Wickes fundraisers to play at Stadium mk for leading dementia research charity
By Philip Tubby | Wednesday 29 March 2017
Wickes colleagues are being given a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to compete in a football match at the Milton Keynes Dons’ stadium in a bid to raise money for Alzheimer’s Research UK.
On Friday 5 May, an 11-strong team from the Snowdon Drive-based store will be putting on their football boots to take on a group from Network Rail’s headquarters.
The match has been organised by Scott Wilson, a forklift driver at Wickes in Milton Keynes, who witnessed first-hand the devastating impact of dementia through his nan who had Alzheimer’s disease. The 27-year-old, who is a member of the Wickes Charity Committee, is hoping to raise as much money as possible for Alzheimer’s Research UK, to help fund life-changing research into dementia and the diseases that cause it.
There will be a £5 entry fee for adults hoping to watch the game, which kicks off at 2pm, while children can attend for free. This is one of many events the father-of-one is organising for the UK’s largest dementia research charity. On Sunday 16 April, he will be hosting a Mighty Quiz at The Kensington Arms, in Milton Keynes – which will test everything from general knowledge to tasting skills. He is also planning to hold a raffle and is asking local people and businesses if they could donate a prize.
All the funds collected through these events will be added to the total raised by Wickes, as the company has been supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK since the middle of last year and has already banked an incredible £400,000.
Scott, of Minton Close, said:
“My nan lived in Lincoln, so we didn’t see her much. But when she would come over, Dad would go all out and we would use the best china – it was like we had royalty visiting. She meant the world to him, but then I would hear Nan ask my Grandad who my dad was, which was really hard. This is why I’m so passionate about raising money for Alzheimer’s Research UK and I do feel it’s a cause a lot of people are getting behind. We’ve had charity partners before with Wickes, but I feel Alzheimer’s Research UK has had the most support from our customers.”
Speaking about the match, he said:
“I’m really looking forward to it, although there is definitely some competition as my two brothers work for Network Rail. I’ll never hear the end of it if we lose! All the guys are excited to play at the MK Dons’ stadium, it’ll be a once in a lifetime opportunity for many of them. So I hope as many people turn up as possible to show their support and cheer us on.”
Kate Moss, Corporate Partnerships Officer at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:
“We are delighted that Scott has organised such a great event to support Alzheimer’s Research UK and we wish the Wickes team the best of luck for the match! We have been blown away by the efforts of everyone at Wickes since they started fundraising for us and we are incredibly grateful for everything they have done so far.
“Thanks to the generous support from our corporate partners, we are able to fund world-class research into dementia, so we can defeat this heartbreaking condition sooner. There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is continuing to rise, so we must act now to bring an end to the untold heartache caused by dementia.”
To find out more about the fundraiser or to donate a prize for the raffle, please contact Scott on either 01908 696632 or 07969 041456.