Races at Newmarket’s July Course to boost funds for Alzheimer’s Research UK

Posted on 14th July 2015

Race-goers at Newmarket’s July Course can help boost funds for Great Abington-based charity Alzheimer’s Research UK this Saturday (July 18).

The UK’s leading dementia research charity is named in two of the seven races taking place at the racecourse’s Summer Saturday afternoon thanks to a three-year partnership financed by Newmarket businessman and charity supporter Simon Gibson.

The local director of wealth management firm Mattioli Woods, Simon made the generous gesture in 2013 of naming a race after the charity every year for three years. This initiative has already raised thousands of pounds for the charity and it is hoped this year’s event will help fund even more pioneering dementia research, bringing new treatments closer.

At 3.25pm ‘The Alzheimer’s Research UK EBF Stallions Fillies’ Handicap’ will take place followed by ‘The Reg Day Memorial Supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK Handicap Stakes’ at 4.35pm. As well as the top-class races, visitors to the home of horseracing will have the chance to have another flutter and bid on some fantastic lots in a silent auction held by Alzheimer’s Research UK. The list of prizes include a morning on the gallops followed by breakfast for up to four people, a Dyson vacuum and a week’s holiday in a Spanish villa. Sports fans will also be able to donate some of their winnings to the charity as there will be a bucket collection following the final race of the afternoon.

Simon Gibson
Simon Gibson

Simon began supporting Alzheimer’s Research UK after his father, Alan, now aged 75, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease six years ago. He said:

“It has been tough to witness the devastating effect Alzheimer’s has had on my father and knowing there are no treatments that can stop the disease processes in its tracks is an incredibly difficult thing to come to terms with. My father’s diagnosis has given me even greater awareness of the need for more funding for research into this devastating disease, which is why I support Alzheimer’s Research UK.

“I hope this Saturday’s event is another successful day for Alzheimer’s Research UK and that it raises more funds for the charity’s world class research, so that in the future there is hope in the form of effective treatments for people receiving a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s or any other form of dementia.”

Jodie Vaughan, Community Fundraising Manager at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said:

“We are very grateful to Simon for his ongoing support in helping to boost funds for vital dementia research and also to raise awareness of the condition. We hope as many people as possible will come along to the event.

“There are 850,000 people across the UK living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias today, including nearly 12,000 in Suffolk. Research has the power to defeat dementia and Alzheimer’s Research UK is leading the charge. We rely entirely on dedicated supporters like Simon to fund our world class research.”

For further details about fixtures at Newmarket’s July Racecourse visit www.newmarket.thejockeyclub.co.uk/

For more information about Alzheimer’s Research UK, or to find out more about fundraising for the charity, call 0300 111 5555 or visit www.alzheimersresearchuk.org.

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