Shropshire volunteers needed to help power fight against dementia

Posted on 21st November 2016

Fundraisers in the Shropshire area are being asked to come forward to help form a new fundraising group to support Alzheimer’s Research UK, the UK’s leading dementia research charity.

The charity is looking for volunteers with a range of skills to help set up the group, which will aim to raise vital funds and awareness for the charity. Members can get involved in a variety of ways, such as getting stuck into fundraising challenges to raise money for pioneering research, representing Alzheimer’s Research UK at events or spreading the word about the charity within their local communities.

Alzheimer’s Research UK regional groups play a crucial part in the fight against dementia, which currently affects around 5,000 people in Shropshire alone.

The group will be starting with three members: Katie Foster from Newport, Diana Chadwick from Shrewsbury and Bernise Tasker from Whitchurch. They are looking forward to welcoming others to the group.

From L to R - Bernise Tasker, Diana Chadwick, Katie Foster and ARUK's Zoe Baggott
From L to R – Bernise Tasker, Diana Chadwick, Katie Foster and ARUK’s Zoe Baggott

 

Katie was inspired to fundraise for Alzheimer’s Research UK after losing her dad Tim Mahoney to Alzheimer’s in 2007. The 64-year-old, a recently retired heritage and tourism consultant, is determined to support dementia research and help find a way to beat the devastating condition. She said:

“My dad’s condition started with forgetfulness, but as the dementia advanced, he increasingly seemed to live in the past. He was a prisoner of war for five years after being taken prisoner defending Dunkirk in 1940. Many of his comrades were killed, and he ended up in a PoW camp in Poland. In the last year of his life, he often thought he was back in the camp and had very vivid visions of it. People often just think of forgetfulness when they think of dementia, but it’s so much more than that.

“I have always enjoyed fundraising and I knew I wanted to support Alzheimer’s Research UK after seeing my dad face the condition. Fundraising can be lots of fun and I hope others will join me in raising money for this vital cause and helping future generations who, thanks to this research, hopefully won’t have to watch a much-loved relative or friend disappear in front of them as dementia takes hold.”

Alzheimer’s Research UK Regional Fundraising Officer for the West of England, Zoe Baggott, will be on hand to provide advice, materials and assistance when needed. She said:

“There are 47 million people across the world living with dementia. The condition can have a huge impact on families and it’s important to us at Alzheimer’s Research UK that communities have the opportunity to come together and get involved with supporting dementia research.

“Regional fundraising groups are vital in helping us to defeat dementia, both through raising funds and helping to spread awareness of this cruel condition.”

Alzheimer’s Research UK powers world class studies focusing on prevention, diagnosis and treatments for dementia. There are 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and this number is expected to rise to over one million by 2025.

Anyone wishing to get involved can contact Zoe Baggott on 07469 852501 or zoe.baggott@alzheimersresearchuk.org.

For further 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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