Volunteers needed to help power fight against dementia as Shropshire Fundraising Group launches

24 May 2017

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

The founding members of Alzheimer’s Research UK’s first Shropshire fundraising group have plans well underway for their first events and are looking for new members to join the team to raise vital funds and awareness for dementia research.

Events include a stand at the Volunteers’ Week community day at Cosy Hall, Newport on Saturday 3 June and a Mighty Quiz at the Newport Cottage Care Centre on Friday 30 June.

They are also looking to raise £2,017 from kind donations across Shropshire from the old £1 coins before October 15 this year when the coins will be taken out of circulation.

Volunteers with a range of skills are being invited to join the group which aims to raise more funds and awareness for vital dementia research.

Members can get involved in 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. Skydiving, quizzes, tea parties, raffles, tombolas and much more are on the agenda.

Alzheimer’s Research UK regional groups play a crucial part in the fight against dementia, which currently affects over 850,000 across the UK. One in three people is estimated to fall victim to dementia in the future.

One member is Katie Foster, a semi-retired heritage, tourism and marketing professional, who is using her experience to spread the word about the need for research into the condition and the diseases that cause it.

Katie, who lives in Newport, said:

“Having seen my late Dad suffer and sadly die from Alzheimer’s and also seen many friends cope with parents’ dementia, I knew I wanted to support Alzheimer’s Research UK. Dementia takes away someone’s personality and changes who they are.”

“I hope others will join us in having fun whilst raising money for this great cause and helping future generations who, through this research, hopefully won’t have to watch dementia take hold of a much-loved relative or friend.

“New ideas will be key to the group’s success and some are now in the planning. Watch this space!”

Alzheimer’s Research UK Regional Fundraising Officer for Wales and the West, 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. I look forward to welcoming more new members to the Shropshire group.”

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 on 07469 852501 or [email protected]

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